Improving health literacy is a public health goal. Our aim was to validate the Italian version of the Medical Data Interpretation Test (MDIT-I) and create a MDIT-I short version. This cross-sectional study assessed gender, age, education, biomedical employment, MDIT-I and its short version. Internal consistency was evaluated through Cronbach’s α; construct validity by comparing MDIT-I score across education levels and employment fields. There were 141 participants, 50.4% were female and the median age was 37 (IQR 31). MDIT-I internal consistency was good (α=0.747) and construct validity was confirmed. The short version had α=0.66 and construct validity was confirmed like the long version. The short version score was tested in correlation: Spearman’s ρ=0.932 (p-value<0.001). The scores were dichotomized and Cohen’s κ was estimated to be 0.786. Long and short MDIT-I showed good internal consistency and construct validity and could be used to increase knowledge about health literacy in the Italian population.

Italian validation of the medical data interpretation test (Mdit) for health literacy

Catozzi D.
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Gualano M. R.;Lo Moro G.
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Bert F.;Siliquini R.
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2021

Abstract

Improving health literacy is a public health goal. Our aim was to validate the Italian version of the Medical Data Interpretation Test (MDIT-I) and create a MDIT-I short version. This cross-sectional study assessed gender, age, education, biomedical employment, MDIT-I and its short version. Internal consistency was evaluated through Cronbach’s α; construct validity by comparing MDIT-I score across education levels and employment fields. There were 141 participants, 50.4% were female and the median age was 37 (IQR 31). MDIT-I internal consistency was good (α=0.747) and construct validity was confirmed. The short version had α=0.66 and construct validity was confirmed like the long version. The short version score was tested in correlation: Spearman’s ρ=0.932 (p-value<0.001). The scores were dichotomized and Cohen’s κ was estimated to be 0.786. Long and short MDIT-I showed good internal consistency and construct validity and could be used to increase knowledge about health literacy in the Italian population.
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General population; Health literacy; Italian validation study
Catozzi D.; Gualano M.R.; Lo Moro G.; Voglino G.; Bert F.; Siliquini R.
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