Health literacy of caregivers of adult care recipients: a systematic scoping review

Yuen, Eva Y.N., Knight, Tess, Ricciardelli, Lina A. and Burney, Susan 2016, Health literacy of caregivers of adult care recipients: a systematic scoping review, Health and social care in the community, vol. In Press, pp. 1-16, doi: 10.1111/hsc.12368.

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Title Health literacy of caregivers of adult care recipients: a systematic scoping review
Author(s) Yuen, Eva Y.N.
Knight, TessORCID iD for Knight, Tess
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
Burney, Susan
Journal name Health and social care in the community
Volume number In Press
Start page 1
End page 16
Total pages 16
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07-18
ISSN 0966-0410
Keyword(s) caregivers
adult care recipients
health literacy
care recipient health outcomes
Summary Caregivers play a vital role in providing support to adults with a chronic condition, or cognitive or physical impairment. Low health literacy in caregivers has the potential to impact adequate care provision, and consequently, care recipient health outcomes. The aim of the study was to systematically review literature related to health literacy of caregivers of adult care recipients, and examine its relationship with care recipient, and caregiver, health outcomes. Electronic databases were searched for relevant English-language publications that assessed health literacy in caregivers. Included studies were abstracted into evidence tables and assessed using an eight-item quality scale. The search identified 2717 new titles and abstracts, with 67 shortlisted for full review. Twelve papers from 2003 to 2015 met the inclusion criteria. The prevalence of limited health literacy in caregivers ranged from 0% to 52.5% depending on the measure and cut-off criteria used. Associations were found between low caregiver health literacy and (i) poorer care recipient self-management behaviours; (ii) increased care recipient use of health services; and (iii) increased caregiver burden. The quality of the studies ranged from fair to excellent. Low health literacy in caregivers differed depending on the measures and scoring criteria used. Evidence to support the relationship between caregiver health literacy and care recipient, and caregiver health outcomes was limited to single studies. Recommendations for further research include: the development of caregiver health literacy measures across different populations; examination of associations between caregiver health literacy and care recipient outcomes; and the development of interventions designed to improve caregiver health literacy.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/hsc.12368
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1607 Social Work
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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