Adaptation of the Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS19-Q) for Russian-Speaking Populations—International Collaboration across Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the USA

Maria Lopatina, Eva Maria Berens, Julia Klinger, Diane Levin-Zamir, Uliana Kostareva, Altyn Aringazina, Oxana Drapkina, Jürgen M. Pelikan

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Abstract

The Russian language is the eighth most spoken language in the world. Russian speakers reside in Russia, across the former Soviet Union republics, and comprise one of the largest populations of international migrants. However, little is known about their health literacy (HL) and there is limited research on HL instruments in the Russian language. The purpose of this study was to adapt the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLS19-Q) developed within the Health Literacy Survey 2019–2021 (HLS19) to the Russian language to study HL in Russian-speaking populations in Germany, Israel, Kazakhstan, Russia, and the USA. The HLS19-Q was translated either from English or from a national language to Russian in four countries first and then critically reviewed by three Russian-speaking experts for consensus. The HLS19 protocol and “team approach” method were used for linguistic and cultural adaptation. The most challenging was the adaptation of HLS19-Q questions to each country’s healthcare system while general HL questions were flexible and adaptable to specific contexts across all countries. This study provides recommendations for the linguistic and cultural adaptation of HLS19-Q into different languages and can serve as an example of international collaboration towards this end.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3572
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding: The German study was supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Israel study was funded by the Israel Ministry of Health and Clalit Health Services, Israel. The Russian study was supported by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The USA study was supported by the Global Health Nursing Program at the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing at the University of Hawai‘i at Ma¯noa.

Funding Information:
The German study was supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung. The Israel study was funded by the Israel Ministry of Health and Clalit Health Services, Israel. The Russian study was supported by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The USA study was supported by the Global Health Nursing Program at the Nancy Atmospera-Walch School of Nursing at the University of Hawai?i at M?noa.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

Keywords

  • Cultural appropriateness
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • HLS-Q
  • Health literacy
  • Immigrants/migrants
  • Questionnaire adaptation
  • Russian-speaking population

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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