A study of the health literacy needs of people with visual impairments

Tracie Harrison, Sarah Guy, Michael Mackert, Janiece Walker, Pat Pound

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The purpose of this mixed methods study was to understand preferences surrounding health literacy for 18 men and women with permanent and severe visual impairment (VI). Participants completed demographic questions-the National Eye Institute Visual Function Questionnaire (NEI-VFQ)-and 1 semi-structured interview to ascertain views on obtaining, processing, and understanding health information. Overall, the sample had low total eye health scores on the NEI-VFQ-indicating that the sample represented a group with severe visual impairments. The sample mentioned multiple health promotion topics of interest and types of devices used to gain information. They also described multiple barriers to health information, which could be eliminated. Implications for intervention development and technology use are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)142-160
Number of pages19
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Health literacy
  • Health promotion
  • Health technology
  • Mixed methods
  • Visual impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory


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