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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 
2006

The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy

Description of Resource: 
The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) is a nationally representative assessment of English literacy among American adults ages 16 and older. NAAL includes a health literacy component and generated data about adults’ health literacy skills. The findings include useful data about adults’ use of health information. Relationships between health literacy and background variables (such as educational attainment, age, race and ethnicity, where adults get information about health issues, and health insurance coverage) are also reported.

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Developed By: 
U.S. Department of Education
Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Health Communication and Health Information Technology
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Other
Citation: 
Kutner M, Greenberg E, Jin Y, Paulsen C. The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy [Internet]. U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. 2006 Sep 6 [cited 2013 Feb 27]; NCES 2006–483. Available from: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006483