Health literacy, information seeking, and trust in information in Haitians

Erica I. Lubetkin, Emily C. Zabor, Kathleen Isaac, Debra Brennessel, M. Margaret Kemeny, Jennifer L. Hay

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Objectives: To assess heath literacy, health information seeking, and trust in health-related information among Haitian immigrants seen in primary care. Methods: Health literacy was measured by the Brief Health Literacy Screen (BHLS); items on health information use were from the 2007 Health Information National Trends Survey. Results: BHLS scores differed according to age, education, and survey language. Participants with lower levels of health literacy tended to be more likely to place "a lot" or "some" trust in family and friends and religious organizations and leaders as sources of information about health or medical topics. Conclusions: Constructing a culturally-tailored and appropriate intervention regarding health promotion requires understanding how the population accesses and conveys health information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)441-450
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 May 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Health communication
  • Health literacy
  • Minority groups
  • Primary care


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