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Exploring Health Literacy in Individuals with Alcohol Addiction: A Mixed Methods Clinical Study

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Department of Addictology, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University and General University Hospital in Prague, Apolinarska 4, 128 00 Prague 2, Czech Republic
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Faculty of Mining, Ecology, Process Control and Geotechnologies, Technical University of Košice, Letna 9, 042 00 Košice, Slovakia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6728; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186728
Received: 5 July 2020 / Revised: 8 September 2020 / Accepted: 12 September 2020 / Published: 15 September 2020
This mixed methods research paper explores health literacy (HL) in individuals with alcohol addiction by using the 47-item version of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) and semi-structured interviews concerning health-related competencies (access, understand, appraise, and apply health information), and determines the limitations of the HLS-EU-Q47 when used under specific conditions of clinical practice. The questionnaire survey and the interviews were conducted with individuals of different health literacy levels who were undergoing inpatient alcohol addiction treatment. The findings indicate that individuals with alcohol addiction might require different types of health information according to their health literacy level in terms of quantity and quality of information to recover from alcohol addiction and improve their overall health. The implications for the clinical practice of addiction treatment as well as recommendations for national and regional policy are also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: health literacy; alcohol addiction; HLS-EU-Q47; mixed methods; inpatient addiction treatment health literacy; alcohol addiction; HLS-EU-Q47; mixed methods; inpatient addiction treatment
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Rolova, G.; Gavurova, B.; Petruzelka, B. Exploring Health Literacy in Individuals with Alcohol Addiction: A Mixed Methods Clinical Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6728.

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