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Advisory Committee Chair

Stephen J O'Connor

Advisory Committee Members

Daniel Chu

Jessica Williams

Seongwon Choi

William Opoku-Agyeman

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Health Professions


The paper in this dissertation provide empirical evidence on the effect of GI patients’ health literacy levels on GI patients’ health outcomes. The findings of this study contribute to existing body of literature on health literacy and health outcomes. Furthermore, the findings also offer both theoretical and practical implications to physicians, healthcare administrators, and policymakers. Overall, the results of this study show that GI patients’ health literacy levels are negatively associated with GI patients’ health outcomes (hospital length of stay, readmission, and complication). However, partial support was shown for different types of GI surgeries accentuating the negative association between GI patients’ health literacy levels and GI patients’ health outcomes. Hence, the findings of the research indicated that patients’ health outcomes can potentially be enhanced as more emphasis gets put on improving patients’ health literacy levels.



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