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dc.contributor.authorMacek, Mark D.
dc.contributor.authorAtchison, Kathryn A.
dc.contributor.authorWatson, Maria Rosa
dc.contributor.authorHoltzman, Jennifer
dc.contributor.authorWells, William
dc.contributor.authorBraun, Bonnie
dc.contributor.authorAldoory, Linda
dc.contributor.authorMessadi, Diana
dc.contributor.authorGironda, Melanie
dc.contributor.authorHaynes, Don
dc.contributor.authorParker, Ruth M.
dc.contributor.authorChen, Haiyan
dc.contributor.authorColler, Susan
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-15T17:51:59Z
dc.date.available2018-03-15T17:51:59Z
dc.date.issued2016-04-29
dc.description.abstract/Objectives/: To introduce a multi-site assessment of oral health literacy and to describe preliminary analyses of the relationships between health literacy and selected oral health outcomes within the context of a comprehensive conceptual model. /Methods/: Data for this analysis came from the Multi-Site Oral Health Literacy Research Study (MOHLRS), a federally-funded investigation of health literacy and oral health. MOHLRS consisted of a broad survey, including several health literacy assessments, and measures of attitudes, knowledge, and other factors. The survey was administered to 922 initial care-seeking adult patients presenting to university-based dental clinics in California and Maryland. For this descriptive analysis, confidence filling out forms, word recognition, and reading comprehension comprised the health literacy assessments. Dental visits, oral health functioning, and dental self-efficacy were the outcomes. /Results/: Overall, up to 21% of participants reported having difficulties with practical health literacy tasks. After controlling for sociodemographic confounders, no health literacy assessment was associated with dental visits or dental caries self-efficacy. However, confidence filling out forms and word recognition were each associated with oral health functioning and periodontal disease self-efficacy. /Conclusions/: Our analysis showed that dental school patients exhibit a range of health literacy abilities. It also revealed that the relationship between health literacy and oral health is not straightforward, depending on patient characteristics and the unique circumstances of the encounter. We anticipate future analyses of MOHLRS data will answer questions about the role that health literacy and various mediating factors play in explaining oral health disparities.en_US
dc.format.extent10 pagesen_US
dc.genrejournal articlesen_US
dc.identifierdoi:10.13016/M2Z60C39N
dc.identifier.citationMacek, M. D., Atchison, K. A., Watson, M. R., Holtzman, J., Wells, W., Braun, B., . . . Richards, J. (2016). Assessing Health Literacy and Oral Health: Preliminary Results of a Multi-Site Investigation. Assessing Health Literacy and Oral Health: Preliminary Results of a Multi-Site Investigation, 76(4), 303-313. doi:10.1111/jphd.12156.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11603/7871
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherJ Public Health Denten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Baltimore
dc.subjectOral Healthen_US
dc.subjectHealth Literacyen_US
dc.subjectMOHLRSen_US
dc.subjectDental Self-Efficacyen_US
dc.subjectOral Health Disparitiesen_US
dc.titleAssessing Health Literacy and Oral Health: Preliminary Results of a Multi-Site Investigationen_US
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