Health Literacy among Latino Populations


  • Issue: health literacy among the Latino patients of the site (Miami, FL)
  • Thesis: more research needed and can be carried out while addressing the needs of the population
  • Purpose: an analysis of an issue and its solution

Background of Issue

Health literacy:

  • A way to improve health and ability for self-care
  • A way to improve patient satisfaction (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015)
  • Can be achieved through diverse methods; examples: booklets, audio/video materials
  • Specific methods can have different effectiveness for different populations (Dueweke & Bridges, 2017)

Latino population:

  • Understudied & has been growing in the US in the past years (Larson et al., 2017)
  • Especially exposed to health/healthcare issues (Ortiz et al., 2019)
  • Older people: more prone to health issues, including the Latino population (Ortiz et al., 2019)
  • Conclusion: a need for addressing the needs of older Latinos in health literacy

Background of Issue: Site

  • Location: Florida
  • Population: diverse, includes older people and Latino population
  • Health literacy: an acknowledged issue; mostly booklets
  • Issue: booklets might not be effective with Latino populations (Dueweke & Bridges, 2017)


  • Existing, evidence-based and diverse methods of solving the problem
  • Interest in solving the problem among the professionals of the site


  • Little application to Latino populations
  • Little information about Latino populations
  • Possibility of using the wrong method


  • Possibility of using the wrong method
  • Latino population at the site => possibility of testing diverse interventions


The need for financing and general issues with resources

Proposed Solution

  • Need for more research (Dueweke & Bridges, 2017)
  • Need for improved health literacy approaches for Latino populations
  • A quasi-experimental project comparing the effects of booklet and booklet + audio/video materials strategy; outcomes: revisits

Solution and the Needs of the Population

  • Stakeholders: patients, families, the clinic, the healthcare community
  • Cost: the cost of new material development (limited to dedicated time & resources for the pilot study)
  • Payer: researcher & clinic
  • Needs satisfied: the need of patients for healthcare, the need of clinic for improved methods, the need of healthcare community for information

Expected Outcomes

  • More information about Latino population, health literacy, health literacy methods
  • More resources for the clinic (new resource: audio/video materials)
  • Improved health literacy/reduced revisits among participants/population of the clinic

Improving practical knowledge:

  • Reduced revisits (Arsenijevic et al., 2020)?
  • Improved health literacy among the population?
  • Additional methods of health literacy improvement at the site (financing-sensitive)?

Advancing scientific knowledge:

  • More information about Latino population
  • More attention to Latino populations
  • More information on specific methods
  • More grounds for using specific methods (financing-sensitive)


  • Issue: healthcare literacy and no little information about Latino population
  • Solution: research and introduction of materials
  • Needs satisfied: for information, resources, healthcare
  • Financing: for pilot study, clinic & researcher
  • Outcomes: improved literacy, healthcare, information and resources


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2015). Teach back. Web.

Arsenijevic, J., Tummers, L., & Bosma, N. (2020). Adherence to electronic health tools among vulnerable groups: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22(2).

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Dueweke, A. R., & Bridges, A. J. (2017). The effects of brief, passive psychoeducation on suicide literacy, stigma, and attitudes toward help-seeking among Latino immigrants living in the United States. Stigma and Health, 2(1), 28-42.

Larson, K., Mathews, H., Torres, E., & Lea, C. (2017). Responding to Health and Social Needs of Aging Latinos in New-Growth Communities: A Qualitative Study. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1).

Ortiz, A. P., Machin, M., Soto-Salgado, M., Centeno-Girona, H., Rivera-Collazo, D., Gonzalez, D., … Colyn-Lopez, V. (2019). Effect of an educational video to increase calls and screening into an anal cancer clinical trial among HIV+ Hispanics in PR: Results from a randomized controlled behavioral trial. AIDS and Behavior, 23, 1135-1146.

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