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2011 MARCH–APRIL No. 379
April 19, 2011 [posted]

Health Literacy Search Updated with Self Care and Food Labeling Comprehension

NLM® updated the Health Literacy Special Query, one of the Special Queries, to retrieve more health literacy relevant records in PubMed. The pre-formulated search now includes retrieval of citations to articles about self-care perception and articles about comprehension of food labels. This modification adds approximately 131 citations to the retrieval.

The MEDLINE®/PubMed® and Health Literacy Information Resources page displays the PubMed search strategy and provides links to other selected sources of health literacy information, also recently updated. The search retrieves citations to at least 3,724 items in the English language journal literature. This Health Literacy Special Query may be useful for reviewing published research on this topic, which includes citations to at least 762 free full-text articles and at least 326 review articles. Users are encouraged to use additional features of PubMed to focus the search or to expand it. For example, to focus the search, consider using PubMed Limits or adding search terms, such as decision making. To retrieve a pre-calculated set of citations that are closely related to a selected citation, use the Related Citations feature.

The NLM and several other NIH Institutes and Centers participate in grants for understanding and promoting health literacy. A statement of health literacy research interests for all participating NIH Institutes and Centers, including NLM, was last updated on July 8, 2010. For more information about NLM health literacy grants, see the Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs links for "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy." Grant applications must be submitted electronically through

By Dan Wendling and Marcia Zorn
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Wendling D, Zorn M. Health Literacy Search Updated with Self Care and Food Labeling Comprehension. NLM Tech Bull. 2011 Mar-Apr;(379):e23.

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