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Health literacy and vision-related quality of life.

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Muir, KW; Santiago-Turla, C; Stinnett, SS; Herndon, LW; Allingham, RR; Challa, P; Lee, PP
Published in: Br J Ophthalmol
June 2008

BACKGROUND: Non-visual factors influence a person's vision-related quality of life (VRQoL). The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between health literacy and VRQoL in glaucoma patients. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-five subjects with open-angle glaucoma participated in a cross-sectional patient survey and chart review. Subjects were administered a test of health literacy, an assessment of physical and mental well-being, and an assessment of VRQoL, the National Eye Institute 25-Item Visual Function Questionnaire (VFQ-25). Charts were reviewed for visual acuity and visual field results. RESULTS: In univariate analyses, older age (p<0.001), non-White race (p<0.001), worse visual acuity (p<0.001), worse visual field scores (p<0.001), lower level of education (p<0.001), worse health literacy (p<0.001) and worse score on the mental health component of the SF-12 (p = 0.005) were associated with worse VFQ-25 scores. In multivariate analyses, only older age was associated with worse total VFQ-25 scores (p<0.001), although the association between health literacy and the VFQ subscale of dependency remained significant (p = 0.04). CONCLUSIONS: Individuals with a lower health literacy do not appear to have a worse overall VRQoL compared with those with a higher literacy, but worse health literacy is associated with increased dependency.

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Br J Ophthalmol

DOI

EISSN

1468-2079

Publication Date

June 2008

Volume

92

Issue

6

Start / End Page

779 / 782

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Visual Acuity
  • United States
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Sex Distribution
  • Quality of Life
  • Ophthalmology & Optometry
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Status
 

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Muir, K. W., Santiago-Turla, C., Stinnett, S. S., Herndon, L. W., Allingham, R. R., Challa, P., & Lee, P. P. (2008). Health literacy and vision-related quality of life. Br J Ophthalmol, 92(6), 779–782. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjo.2007.134452
Muir, K. W., C. Santiago-Turla, S. S. Stinnett, L. W. Herndon, R. R. Allingham, P. Challa, and P. P. Lee. “Health literacy and vision-related quality of life.Br J Ophthalmol 92, no. 6 (June 2008): 779–82. https://doi.org/10.1136/bjo.2007.134452.
Muir KW, Santiago-Turla C, Stinnett SS, Herndon LW, Allingham RR, Challa P, et al. Health literacy and vision-related quality of life. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Jun;92(6):779–82.
Muir, K. W., et al. “Health literacy and vision-related quality of life.Br J Ophthalmol, vol. 92, no. 6, June 2008, pp. 779–82. Pubmed, doi:10.1136/bjo.2007.134452.
Muir KW, Santiago-Turla C, Stinnett SS, Herndon LW, Allingham RR, Challa P, Lee PP. Health literacy and vision-related quality of life. Br J Ophthalmol. 2008 Jun;92(6):779–782.

Published In

Br J Ophthalmol

DOI

EISSN

1468-2079

Publication Date

June 2008

Volume

92

Issue

6

Start / End Page

779 / 782

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Visual Acuity
  • United States
  • Sickness Impact Profile
  • Sex Distribution
  • Quality of Life
  • Ophthalmology & Optometry
  • Middle Aged
  • Male
  • Humans
  • Health Status