Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd Edition

Health Literacy Brief Assessment Quiz

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We would like to get a sense of the knowledge and understanding you have about health literacy. Please complete this brief quiz that assesses some key facts about health literacy.

  1. Limited health literacy is associated with:
     ___  A. Higher mortality rates
     ___  B. Lower levels of health knowledge
     ___  C. Greater use of inpatient and emergency department care
     ___  D. Poor Medicine adherence
     ___  E. B and D
     ___  F. All of the above
  1. You can tell how health literate a person is by knowing what grade he or she completed in school.
     ___  A. True
     ___  B. False
  1. Which of the following skills are considered to be components of health literacy?
     ___  A. Ability to understand and use numbers
     ___  B. Reading skills
     ___  C. Speaking skills
     ___  D. Ability to understand what is said
     ___  E. Writing skills
     ___  F. All the above
  1. Being anxious affects a person's ability to absorb, recall, and use health information effectively.
     ___  A. True
     ___  B. False
  1. What is the average reading level of U.S. adults?
     ___  A. 4th-5th grade
     ___  B. 6th-7th grade
     ___  C. 8th-9th grade
     ___  D. 10th-11th grade
     ___  E. 12th grade
  1. What is the grade level at which health-related information (like a Diabetes brochure) is typically written?
     ___  A. 4th-5th grade
     ___  B. 6th-7th grade
     ___  C. 8th-9th grade
     ___  D. 10th grade or higher
     ___  E. 11th grade or higher
     ___  F. 12th grade or higher
     ___  G. college level
  1. What is the best reading level for written materials used with patients?
     ___  A. 3rd-4th grade
     ___  B. 5th-6th grade
     ___  C. 7th-8th grade
     ___  D. 9th-10th grade
     ___  E. 11th-12th grade
  1. To use good health literacy practices, staff and clinicians should use which of the following words/phrases when talking to or writing instructions for a patient or family member?

    Circle the word/phase in either Option 1 or 2 in each row

    Option 1 OR Option 2
    a. Bad OR Adverse
    b. Hypertension OR high blood pressure
    c. blood glucose OR blood sugar
    d. You have the flu. OR Your flu test was positive.
    e. The cardiologist is Dr. Brown. OR The heart doctor is Dr. Brown.
    f. Your appointment is at 11:00 AM. Check in 20 minutes early. OR Arrive at 10:40 AM to check in.
  1. It is a good health literacy practice to assume that each patient you communicate with has limited health literacy.
     ___  A. True
     ___  B. False
  1. What strategies could all of us adopt to minimize barriers and misunderstanding for patients?




Answer Key

Question Number and Answers

  1. F
  2. B
  3. F
  4. A
  5. C
  6. D
  7. B
  8. a. Option 1 – Bad.
    b. Option 2 – High blood pressure.
    c. Option 2 – Blood sugar.
    d. Option 1 – You have the flu.
    e. Option 2 – The heart doctor is Dr. Brown.
    f. Option 2 – Arrive at 10:40 AM to check in.
  9. A
  10. Open-ended answer

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Page last reviewed February 2015
Page originally created February 2015
Internet Citation: Health Literacy Brief Assessment Quiz. Content last reviewed February 2015. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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