Development of the short form of the Korean health literacy scale for the elderly
Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
© 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 36, Issue 5, pages 524–534, October 2013
How to Cite
Lee, T. W. and Kang, S. J. (2013), Development of the short form of the Korean health literacy scale for the elderly. Res. Nurs. Health, 36: 524–534. doi: 10.1002/nur.21556
- Issue published online: 17 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 5 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 20 JUN 2013
- National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)
- health literacy;
- Rasch analysis;
- item response theory
We developed and examined a shortened form of the Korean Health Literacy Scale (KHLS) with a sample of 543 elderly in South Korea. Rasch analysis of the KHLS was conducted to examine the unidimensionality of the scale, along with a confirmatory factor analysis to evaluate both the item fit and item difficulty. Based on these data the KHLS was narrowed down to 12 of the original 24 items (7 comprehension and numeracy questions and 5 health-related questions). The internal consistency of the resulting short form (S-KHLS) was 0.80. The S-KHLS is a short and reliable scale for testing the health literacy skills of elderly Korean adults. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 36: 524–534, 2013.