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A Multilingual Integrative Review of Health Literacy in Former Soviet Union, Russian-Speaking Immigrants

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School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Literacy Research, Bielefeld University, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany
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Hamilton Library Russian Bibliographer, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
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Center for Evaluation of Health Promotion Interventions, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 31000, Israel
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Chamberlain College of Nursing, Chamberlain University, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 657; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020657
Received: 31 October 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 7 January 2021 / Published: 14 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Global Health Literacy)
Large diasporas of former Soviet Union (FSU) immigrants are found in the USA, Germany, and Israel. To synthesize evidence, identify limitations, and propose future directions we conducted an integrative review on the health literacy of FSU immigrants, migrants, or refugees in four languages. Following integrative review and PRISMA guidelines, we searched four databases in English and performed supplementary searches in Russian, German, and Hebrew to identify qualitative and quantitative studies on FSU immigrants and health literacy. Six articles met inclusion criteria in English and one in German; the majority were published in the last five years. Only two articles measured health literacy of FSU immigrants, which was lower than the general population. Four articles were about immigrants with a mean age ≥50 years. All articles stressed the value of translated, culturally relevant health information. The health literacy of FSU immigrants is understudied, despite clear needs. Future research should include assessments of FSU immigrants’ health literacy and include diverse (e.g., age, gender) yet well-defined populations to determine both barriers and facilitators to their health literacy. This review, an example of a multilingual search, provided a comprehensive understanding of existing literature and is a useful approach for global health literacy research. View Full-Text
Keywords: health literacy; healthcare system; immigrant/migrant/refugee; cultural and linguistic care practices; patient education health literacy; healthcare system; immigrant/migrant/refugee; cultural and linguistic care practices; patient education
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Kostareva, U.; Albright, C.L.; Berens, E.-M.; Polansky, P.; Kadish, D.E.; Ivanov, L.L.; Sentell, T.L. A Multilingual Integrative Review of Health Literacy in Former Soviet Union, Russian-Speaking Immigrants. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020657

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Kostareva U, Albright CL, Berens E-M, Polansky P, Kadish DE, Ivanov LL, Sentell TL. A Multilingual Integrative Review of Health Literacy in Former Soviet Union, Russian-Speaking Immigrants. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(2):657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020657

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Kostareva, Uliana, Cheryl L. Albright, Eva-Maria Berens, Patricia Polansky, Deborah E. Kadish, Luba L. Ivanov, and Tetine L. Sentell 2021. "A Multilingual Integrative Review of Health Literacy in Former Soviet Union, Russian-Speaking Immigrants" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 2: 657. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020657

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