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In Health Literacy and Its Association with Diabetes Knowledge Self-Efficacy and Disease Self-Management Among African Americans with Diabetes Mellitus the study aim is to examine health literacy and its relationship with diabetes knowledge perceived self-efficacy and disease self-management among African Americans with diabetes mellitus McCleary-Jones 2011 As a result the title accurately describes the type of study major variables and population For example the title explains how this descriptive correlational study will focus on the African American population The sample is also implied by the phrase with diabetes mellitus Furthermore a major variable in this study is health literacy Health literacy is an example of a variable because it is something that varies from one person to another Polit Beck 2012 p 50 ABSTRACTThe abstract does not state the problem but rather the purpose of the study The reason for conducting the study is only included in the problem section The abstract should have included the statement low literacy is associated with difficulty understanding written or verbal medical advice adverse health outcomes and negative effects on the health of individuals McCleary-Jones 2011 The above statement would have strengthened the abstract because this clearly states the reason The methodology is identified and described briefly The data collection procedures include collecting data at a single point in time utilizing the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine REALM diabetes knowledge test diabetes self-efficacy scale and summary of diabetes self-care activities questionnaire Lastly the findings state diabetes knowledge level and self-efficacy were independent predictors for dietary self-care activities while self-efficacy was the sole independent predictor for foot care McCleary-Jones 2011PROBLEMThe statement of the problem is clearly stated and is introduced in the first few sentences The problem is low literacy and its negative effects on the health of individuals McCleary-Jones 2011 continues to explain how low literacy has been linked to poor health outcomes higher hospitalization rates and less frequent use
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