Screening for low literacy in a rheumatology setting: more than 10% of patients cannot read "cartilage," "diagnosis," "rheumatologist," or "symptom".

@article{Swearingen2010ScreeningFL,
  title={Screening for low literacy in a rheumatology setting: more than 10% of patients cannot read "cartilage," "diagnosis," "rheumatologist," or "symptom".},
  author={Christopher J. Swearingen and Lauren McCollum and Lawren Daltroy and Theodore Pincus and Darren A. Dewalt and Terry C. Davis},
  journal={Journal of clinical rheumatology : practical reports on rheumatic & musculoskeletal diseases},
  year={2010},
  volume={16 8},
  pages={359-64}
}
OBJECTIVES The objectives of the study were to analyze literacy in 194 consecutive patients at an academic rheumatology setting with the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) and an "Arthritis-Adapted" REALM (A-REALM), and to compare responses to one another and to demographic and clinical measures. METHODS The REALM and A-REALM are two 66-item word recognition tests. Both were administered to 194 consecutive patients in usual rheumatology care. Multidimensional Health… CONTINUE READING
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