[A new questionnaire for the assessment of parental health literacy]

Orv Hetil. 2015 Oct 18;156(42):1715-8. doi: 10.1556/650.2015.30237.
[Article in Hungarian]


Introduction: Parental health literacy is an important factor of pediatric health. Although it is thorougly studied in other countries, neither proper definition, nor adequate tool for its measurement exists in Hungarian.

Aim: The aim of this work was to define the dimensions of parental health literacy and to introduce a questionnaire for its measurement.

Method: Opinions of parents, pediatric nurses and pediatricians on parental health literacy were used to establish the definition and basic components. Based on these and previously standardized tests a new questionnaire was developed.

Results: Four dimensions of parental health literacy were formulated such as knowledge, functional literacy, self-confidence and motivation. The new questionnaire assesses all four dimension through eight topics.

Conclusions: This is the first culturally adapted definition and test of parental health literacy in Hungarian. With its application the efficacy of both primary care services and health education may be improved and the correlation between parental health literacy and pediatric health may be properly studied.

Keywords: alapellátás; demographic analyses; demográfiai elemzés; egészségnevelés; health education; kérdőív; parental health literacy; primary health care; questionnaire; szülői egészségműveltség.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antipyretics
  • Breast Feeding
  • Chronic Disease
  • Emergencies
  • Female
  • Health Education
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Literacy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Office Visits
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Parents*
  • Self Report*
  • Vaccination
  • Vitamins


  • Antipyretics
  • Vitamins