Health Literacy and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist PurposeThis article reviews concepts of health literacy and discusses the role of speech-language pathologists in improving the health literacy of individuals with and without communication disorders.MethodA literature review was completed of health literacy definitions, concepts, and health literacy assessment and intervention studies with various populations. A literature review was also ... Tutorial
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Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Eva Jackson Hester
    Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Regena Stevens-Ratchford
    Towson University, Towson, MD
  • Contact author: Eva Hester, Towson University, Communication Sciences & Disorders, 8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21214. E-mail: ehester@towson.edu.
  • © 2009 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Professional Issues & Training / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Tutorial
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Health Literacy and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2009, Vol. 18, 180-191. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2009/08-0005)
History: Received February 5, 2008 , Accepted September 20, 2008
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 2009, Vol. 18, 180-191. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2009/08-0005)
History: Received February 5, 2008; Accepted September 20, 2008
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PurposeThis article reviews concepts of health literacy and discusses the role of speech-language pathologists in improving the health literacy of individuals with and without communication disorders.

MethodA literature review was completed of health literacy definitions, concepts, and health literacy assessment and intervention studies with various populations. A literature review was also conducted regarding health literacy or related studies in the field of speech-language pathology.

ConclusionThere is a paucity of information available on health literacy within the field of speech-language pathology. Suggestions are offered regarding increasing health literacy research and intervention by speech-language pathologists.

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