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The relationship between health literacy and quality of life among frequent users of health care services : a cross-sectional study

Couture Éva Marjorie, Chouinard Maud-Christine, Fortin Martin et Hudon Catherine. (2017). The relationship between health literacy and quality of life among frequent users of health care services : a cross-sectional study. Health and quality of life outcomes, 15, (1), p. 137.

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URL officielle: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12955-017-0716-7

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Background : Although health literacy and quality of life are important concepts in health care, the link between them is unclear, especially for a population of frequent users of health care services with chronic diseases. Low health literacy is a common problem that has been linked to several negative health outcomes. Quality of life is an important health outcome in patient-centered care. Frequent users of health care services are a vulnerable population that deserves attention due to high costs and negative outcomes such as lower quality of life and higher mortality. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between health literacy and the physical and mental components of quality of life among frequent users of health care services with chronic diseases.

Methods: This study presents the cross-sectional analysis of data collected through the V1SAGES project, a randomized controlled trial on the effectiveness of a case management intervention in primary care in Quebec, Canada. Participants (n = 247) were frequent users of health care services presenting at least one chronic condition. Health literacy was measured by the Newest Vital Sign (NVS), and the physical and mental components of quality of life were evaluated by the Short Form Health Survey Version 2 (SF-12v2). The association between health literacy (independent variable) and the physical and mental components of quality of life was examined using biserial correlation.

Results: No association was found between health literacy and quality of life (physical component: r = 0.108, ρ = 0.11; mental component: r = 0.147, ρ = 0.15).

Conclusion: This study suggests that there is no relationship between health literacy and the physical and mental components of quality of life among frequent users of health care services.

Type de document:Article publié dans une revue avec comité d'évaluation
Volume:15
Numéro:1
Pages:p. 137
Version évaluée par les pairs:Oui
Date:Juillet 2017
Sujets:Sciences de la santé
Département, module, service et unité de recherche:Départements et modules > Département des sciences de la santé > Module des sciences infirmières
Mots-clés:Grands utilisateurs, soins primaires, littératie en santé, qualité de vie, maladie chronique. Frequent users, primary care, health literacy, quality of life, chronic disease.
Déposé le:24 août 2017 13:25
Dernière modification:24 août 2017 13:25
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