What About Mom? Health Literacy and Maternal Mortality

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This study examined health literacy of postpartum education materials assessing readability, understandability and cultural sensitivity using common health literacy measures. Materials examined rated poorly on measures of health literacy and cultural sensitivity using evidence-based measures including the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT), Fry-based Readability and National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS). Findings suggested a need for health literate and culturally sensitive postpartum education. Materials and an App were developed for new moms to help them identify postpartum warning-signs and appropriate action moms should take to address symptoms or seek emergent care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)50-61
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2020


  • Health disparities
  • health literacy
  • maternal mortality
  • postpartum
  • postpartum education


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