'Breaking it down': patient-clinician communication and prenatal care among African American women of low and higher literacy.

@article{Bennett2006BreakingID,
  title={'Breaking it down': patient-clinician communication and prenatal care among African American women of low and higher literacy.},
  author={Ian M. Bennett and Julia F Switzer and Abigail Aguirre and Kelley L Evans and Frances K. Barg},
  journal={Annals of family medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={4 4},
  pages={334-40}
}
PURPOSE Low literacy has been associated with poor medical adherence, but its role in maternal care utilization has not been explored. METHODS We undertook a concurrent mixed methods study among 202 African American women of low (< or = 6th grade) and higher literacy receiving Medicaid. Poor use of prenatal care was defined by (1) starting care after the first trimester and (2) inadequate care utilization according to the Adequacy of Prenatal Care Utilization Index (APNCU). Participant… CONTINUE READING

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