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

J Asthma. Jan-Feb 2007;44(1):51-5. doi: 10.1080/02770900601125672.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Asthma*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Educational Status
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Income
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pediatrics