Health Literacy and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist Purpose This 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. Method A literature review was completed of health literacy definitions, concepts, and health literacy assessment and intervention studies with various populations. ... Tutorial
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Health Literacy and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
 
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  • 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.
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Hearing Disorders / Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Older Adults & Aging / Regulatory, Legislative & Advocacy / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Tutorials
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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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Purpose This 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.

Method A 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.

Conclusion There 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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