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The Communicative and Critical Health Literacy Scale: Swedish Version
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Socialmedicinsk epidemiologi)
Göteborgs universitet. (Socialmedicin)
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 42, no 1, 25-31 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Health literacy (HL) is an important determinant for health and a valuable health indicator within public health. As such, it is a significant outcome variable of health promotion efforts. Valid and reliable instruments are needed to evaluate health promotion interventions and to assess levels of HL in a population. One of the few measurements of communicative and critical HL is the Japanese Communicative and Critical Health Literacy scale (C & C HL scale). To make it possible to use this instrument in Sweden, the C & C HL scale was translated into Swedish and different aspects of validity, including test–retest reliability, of the translated version were tested. Methods: After translation and back-translation, The Swedish C & C HL scale was tested for content validity and test–retest reliability. Data were collected from a committee consisting of public health experts and bilingual people, and from a test group of 35 persons. Results: The Swedish C & C HL scale was understandable and showed evidence of content validity. The test–retest confirmed that it was stable over time, percentage agreements for the items ranging from 66% to 89% (M = 74%).

Conclusions: The Swedish C & C HL scale is equivalent to the Japanese C & C HL scale in terms of language and content. The items cover the major aspects of communicative and critical HL and are understandable and stable over time, i.e., reliable.

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2014. Vol. 42, no 1, 25-31 p.
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Health education, health literacy, health promotion, measurement
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206893DOI: 10.1177/1403494813500592ISI: 000331113700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206893DiVA: diva2:645961
Available from: 2013-09-06 Created: 2013-09-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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