Publications by authors named "Courtney T Cox"

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Parental health literacy in pediatric otolaryngology: A pilot study.

Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2019 Oct 28;125:87-91. Epub 2019 Jun 28.

Johns Hopkins University Departments of Otolaryngology and Health Policy & Management, Baltimore, MD, USA. Electronic address:

Objectives: Pediatric otolaryngology bears the highest frequency of elective surgical cases in children, but little is known regarding the health literacy of these children's parents. In a questionnaire-based pilot study, we assessed parental health literacy in our pediatric otolaryngology clinic and evaluated its relation to personal demographics. We also evaluated postoperative and diagnosis-based leaflets for readability using validated measures.

Methods: Parents completed the Short Assessment of Health Literacy-English (SAHL-E) and were defined as low (0-14) or high (>14) literacy based on mean scores.

Results: Fifty parents participated (mean SAHL-E score, 17.6), and all scored >14, indicating proficient health literacy. No differences existed in mean or median scores based on demographics. Continued education after high school was associated with higher scores (P = 0.003) and was the only significant variable in multivariable linear regression. All leaflets were at or below the recommended reading level for public health information.

Conclusions: Parents generally had high health literacy.
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