Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 94, Issue 6, pp 405–407 | Cite as

Literacy and Health in Canada: Is it Really a Problem?

  • Irving Rootman

L’équation «littératie-santé» au Canada: s’agit-il vraiment d’un problème?


  1. 1.
    Smith JL, Haggerty J. Literacy in primary health care populations. Can J Public Health 2003;94(6):408–12.PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Parker RM, Baker DW, Williams MV, Nurss JR. The test of functional literacy in adults: A new instrument for measuring patient’s literacy skills. J Gen Intern Med 1995;10:537–41.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Government of Canada. Reading the Future: A Portrait of Literacy in Canada. Canadian report on the International Adult Literacy Survey. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1995.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Ad Hoc Committee on Health Literacy for the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association. Health Literacy—Report of the Council on Scientific Affairs. JAMA 1999;281:552–57.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Gazmarian JA, Baker DW, Williams MV, Parker RM, Scott TL, Green DC, et al. Health literacy among medicare enrolees in a managed care organization. JAMA 1999;281:545–51.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
  7. 7.
    Schillinger D, Bindman A, Wang F, Stewart A, Peitte J. Functional health literacy and the quality of physician-patient communication among diabetes patients. Patient Education and Counseling, 2003 in pressGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.

Copyright information

© The Canadian Public Health Association 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving Rootman
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Human and Social DevelopmentUniversity of VictoriaCanada
  2. 2.Centre for Community Health Promotion ResearchUniversity of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

Personalised recommendations