Health Literacy Measurement Tools


Health Literacy Measurement Tools


This set of clinician tools helps physicians quickly assess the health literacy of patients and how much they understand information to make appropriate health decisions. The tools can be used in multiple settings such as hospitals or physician offices, or for research studies.

The following tools measure a patient’s understanding:

  • Rapid estimate of adult literacy in medicine—short form (REALM-SF)
  • Short assessment of health literacy for Spanish adults (SAHLSA-50)


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), John M. Eisenberg Center at Oregon Health and Science University

Funding Sources:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2009
Original Summary: October 2009
Last Updated: 12/18/13

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