Pediatric asthma: Caregiver health literacy and the clinician's perception

Angelina R. Wittich, Joan Mangan, Roni Grad, Wenquan Wang, Lynn B. Gerald

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Health literacy was assessed in pediatric asthma caregivers attending a university-based clinic. The medical provider's perception of caregiver health literacy was also examined. Eighty-six percent of the caregivers had adequate health literacy, 4% and 10% had marginal and inadequate health literacy, respectively. Health literacy was significantly higher for caregivers who were younger (p = 0.039) and had a higher level of education (p = 0.037). An agreement analysis revealed moderate agreement between provider perception of caregiver's health literacy and measured health literacy (Kappa = 0.51). The results suggest that medical providers may not accurately assess caregivers' actual health literacy level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-55
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • Asthma
  • Caregiver
  • Literacy
  • Minority
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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