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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4709


Title: Online Health Information and Low-Literacy African Americans
Authors: Birru, Mehret S
Steinman, Richard A
Keywords: Viewpoint
Health
literacy
socioeconomic status (SES)
African Americans
Internet
comprehension
health behavior
Issue Date: 3-Sep-2004
Publisher: Gunther Eysenbach; Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, Toronto, Canada
Citation: Mehret S Birru, Richard A Steinman. Online Health Information and Low-Literacy African Americans. J Med Internet Res 2004;6(3):e26 <URL: http://www.jmir.org/2004/3/e26/>
Abstract: [This item is a preserved copy and is not necessarily the most recent version. To view the current item, visit http://www.jmir.org/2004/3/e26/ ] : African Americans with low incomes and low literacy levels disproportionately suffer poor health outcomes from many preventable diseases. Low functional literacy and low health literacy impede millions of Americans from successfully accessing health information. These problems are compounded for African Americans by cultural insensitivity in health materials. The Internet could become a useful tool for providing accessible health information to low-literacy and low-income African Americans. Optimal health Web sites should include text written at low reading levels and appropriate cultural references. More research is needed to determine how African Americans with low literacy skills access, evaluate, prioritize, and value health information on the Internet.
Description: Reviewer: Hansen, Derek
Reviewer: Zarcadoolas, C
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/4709
ISSN: 1438-8871
Other Identifiers: doi:10.2196/jmir.6.3.e26
Rights: Copyright (cc) Retained by author(s) under a Creative Commons License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Appears in Collections:Volume 6 (2004)

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