Bridging the gap in health literacy research: The inclusion of individuals with visual impairments

Soyoung Choi, Pearl Nanda, Kelly Yuen, Kristel Ong

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Objectives: Patient education and health literacy aim to enhance understanding of health and self-care for optimal health outcomes. However, the attention towards populations with visual impairments requiring specialized accommodations for improved health literacy and healthcare access appears to be insufficient Methods: In an effort to bridge this gap, we conducted a scoping review focusing on health literacy studies undertaken specifically for individuals with visual impairments. Results: We encapsulate the main findings and constraints of preceding studies and deliberate on the influence of health literacy research for individuals with visual impairments on healthcare inequalities and health disparities. Conclusions: A health-literate approach, combined with an accessible healthcare environment, can serve as a catalyst to motivate individuals with visual impairments to actively engage in their self-care practices. Practice Implications: It is of utmost urgency to develop and validate a health literacy assessment tool for visually impaired individuals, and to utilize it for providing healthcare interventions as well as health education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number107932
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
StatePublished - Nov 2023


  • Accessibility
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Self-care
  • Visual impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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