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Table 2 Summary of medical student pre- and post- survey response

From: Out of the classroom and into the community: medical students consolidate learning about health literacy through collaboration with Head Start

Questions designed to evaluate Survey questions Pre-intervention mean by question/Total mean Post-intervention mean by question/Total mean p-value of pre/post difference/Total mean
Health literacy attitudes On a scale from 1 to 5 (1=not at all important, 5=extremely important) how important is/are:  
1. Health Literacy (HL) to your future career as a physician 4.75 4.91 0.67
2. HL in patient/provider communication 4.83 4.82 0.67
3. Using teach-back as a HL strategy 4.00 4.85 0.18
4. Plain language and clear communication as HL strategies 4.75 4.82 1.00
5. HL training for medical students in their pre-clerkship years 4.33 4.73 0.17
Overall attitudes score 4.53 4.68 0.20
Health literacy knowledge On a scale from 1 to 5 (1=least, 5=most), how knowledgeable are you about:    
1. Health literacy (HL) issues 3.33 3.83 0.08
2. Role of HL in patient/ provider communication 3.33 4.5 0.001
3. Using teach-back as a HL strategy 3.33 4.33 0.001
4. Using plain language and clear communication as a HL strategy 3.42 4.42 <0.001
5. HL techniques and resources you can use to improve understanding 3.00 4.17 0.002
Overall knowledge score 3.29 4.33 0.017
Health literacy skills confidence On a scale from 1 to 5 (1=strongly disagree, 5=strongly agree), how do you feel about the following issues:  
1. I am comfortable using teach-back as a HL strategy 3.25 4.33 0.01
2. I receive enough HL training in my current curriculum 2.67 3.67 0.02
3. I feel confident explaining information to Head Start families in a way they can understand 3.41 4.08 0.02
4. I am confident eliciting parents’ questions and concerns about their weight and the weight of their children 3.42 4.0 0.02
Overall skills confidence score 3.19 4.11 0.02
Multiple Choice Questions (combined by topic) Pre-intervention Total % correct Post-intervention Total % correct p-value of pre/post difference
 • Health literacy definition and identification 58 58 1.0
 • Childhood nutrition and obesity knowledge 42 67 0.01
 • Head Start knowledge 50 67 0.3
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