This is a PDF resource developed which gives an overview of several health Literacy measures outlining the strengths and limitations of each, along with where each one can be found. Although described as a HIV Clinical Resource, it could be useful to anyone wishing to get an overview of the main Health Literacy measurement tools.
The Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) is a screening instrument to assess an adult patient’s ability to read common medical words and lay terms for body parts and illnesses. It is designed to assess medical professionals in estimating a patient’s literacy level so that the appropriate level of patient education materials or oral instructions may be used. The test takes two to three minutes to administer and score.
TOFHLA is used to measure functional health literacy--both numeracy and reading comprehension--using actual health-related materials such as prescription bottle labels and appointment slips. It is designed to assess adult literacy in the health care setting:
- by health care providers, to determine the adequacy of their patients' reading and understanding of health care materials needed for their health care or health education;
- by researchers, to assess patient health literacy as a variable in their research.
A database of health literacy measures. Based in the US but has good international coverage and range.