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      A pilot test of the acceptability and efficacy of narrative and non-narrative health education materials in a low health literacy population.

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          Although entertainment-education narratives are increasingly being used to communicate health information to a diversity of populations, there is limited evidence examining the use of narrative health education videos in low compared with adequate health literacy populations. There are also very few studies directly comparing narrative materials to more traditional, non-narrative materials. Because individuals with low health literacy are less likely than those with adequate health literacy to benefit from health communication interventions, it is especially important to develop an evidence base supporting the use of narrative health education materials in low literacy populations. This study extends knowledge on the use of narrative health education materials in populations with low health literacy by conducting a randomized trial comparing the acceptability and efficacy (knowledge gain) of two fact-equivalent films, one in a narrative and one in a non-narrative format, on individuals with adequate and low health literacy. This study finds that while both films were well-accepted and produced knowledge gains, the narrative film was more effective in this regard. This effect occurred regardless of health literacy level, indicating that narrative health communication materials are appropriate for individuals with low health literacy and do not exacerbate existing health disparities. These findings add to a small but growing body of evidence testing narrative health education materials in individuals with low health literacy, and provide new evidence supporting narrative, entertainment-education style video as a health communication tool to help reduce health literacy-related health disparities.

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          Journal
          J Commun Healthc
          Journal of communication in healthcare
          Informa UK Limited
          1753-8068
          1753-8068
          2016
          : 9
          : 1
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Health, Behavior & Society, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD 20005 USA.
          [2 ] Department of Communication, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA.
          [3 ] Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA.
          [4 ] Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90032, USA.
          Article
          NIHMS798712
          10.1080/17538068.2015.1126995
          5115781
          27872657

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