Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
This August 2007 webcast shares findings from the Health Literacy of America’s Adults, which disseminates results from the health literacy component of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). The study was based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States and results were reported using four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient. The findings indicated that the majority of adults (53 percent) had intermediate health literacy, while 22 percent had Basic and 14 percent had Below Basic health literacy. Relationships between health literacy, reading and writing ability, and background variables were examined and reported.