J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev 2021 Mar 26. Epub 2021 Mar 26.
Departments of Research and Development (Ms Coenjaerds and Drs Spruit, Franssen, Wouters, and Janssen) and Psychology (Dr Cleutjens), CIRO, Horn, the Netherlands; Department of Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht University Medical Centre, NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism, Maastricht, the Netherlands (Ms Coenjaerds and Drs Spruit and Franssen); Reval Rehabilitation Research, Biomedical Research Institute, Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium (Dr Spruit); Department of Medical Psychology, Maastricht UMC+, School for Mental Health and Neurosciences (MHeNS), Maastricht, the Netherlands (Dr Ponds); Department of Respiratory Medicine, Maastricht UMC+, Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Lung Health, Vienna, Austria (Dr Wouters); and Department of Health Services Research, Care and Public Health Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands (Dr Janssen).
Purpose: The objective of this study was determine the prevalence of low health literacy (HL) and low reading ability among patients with chronic lung disease referred for pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) in the Netherlands and their loved ones; and to understand whether low HL or low reading ability influence PR outcomes.
Methods: Health literacy was measured using the Health Literacy Survey-Europe Q16 (HLS-EU-Q16). Reading ability and cognitive functioning were measured using the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine-Dutch (REALM-D) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment. Read More