Health literacy, physician trust, and diabetes-related self-care activities in hispanics with limited resources

Richard O. White, Chandra Y. Osborn, Tebeb Gebretsadik, Sunil Kripalani, Russell L. Rothman

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Abstract

Background. Hispanics with diabetes often have deficits in health literacy (HL). We examined the association among HL, psychosocial factors, and diabetes-related selfcare activities. Methods. Cross-sectional analysis of 149 patients. Data included patient demographics and validated measures of HL, physician trust, self-efficacy, acculturation, self-care behaviors, and A1c. Results. Participants (N=60) with limited HL were older and less educated, and had more years with diabetes compared with adequate HL participants (N=89). Limited HL participants reported greater trust in their physician, greater selfefficacy, and better diet, foot care, and medication adherence. Health literacy status was not associated with acculturation or A1c. In adjusted analyses, HL status remained associated with physician trust, and we observed a notable but nonsignificant trend between HL status and medication adherence. Discussion. Lower HL was associated with greater physician trust and better medication adherence. Further research is warranted to clarify the role of HL and physician trust in optimizing self-care for Hispanics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1756-1768
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
Volume24
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Health literacy
  • Hispanics
  • Self-care
  • Trust

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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