core topic(s)Early Literacy
Population CharacteristicsMedical Providers
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherChild Development (general) , Disparity/Adversity , Medical Training/Education , Provider Behaviors and Skills , Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs
objectivesLow literacy is associated with poor health. We sought to examine pediatricians' attitudes and practices regarding literacy promotion in early childhood.
outcomes evaluatedEarly literacy promotion attitudes, knowledge, behaviors, and barriers.
settingNew Jersey primary care pediatricians.
methodsWe distributed a self-administered 23-item survey to a random sample of 500 board certified or eligible New Jersey primary care pediatricians. 134 surveys were returned, 25 of which were excluded.
sample sizen=134 (total surveys); n=25 (surveys excluded (n=25); n=109 (surveys included)
Measure of Literacy Promotion Attitudes, Knowledge, and Practice: 23Q self administered survey based on literature review, expert consultation, and pilot study using a 6-point ordinal scale assessing the degree they agree/disagree to questions and open-ended responses to barriers of implementation:
- Attitudes: perception of his or her role in literacy promotion and the perceived benefit of a literacy program in the pediatric office.
- Literacy Training/Knowledge: residency training experience, exposure to ROR, perceived awareness of skills to enhance literacy, and the knowledge of community resources to connect patients.
- Current practice/behaviors: respondent’s referral to community resources and reading activities in the office.