Aim: In this study, we aimed to investigate the general characteristics of thesis studies on health literacy given to family medicine residents and the conversion of theses into publications.
Methods: The research was carried out in August 2022. The data for the research was obtained from the Council of Higher Education National Thesis Center. All theses on 'Health Literacy' were scanned by family medicine specialty students in Turkey without choosing a date. The keywords ‘sağlık okuryazarlığı’ (health literacy in Turkish) were used during the screening and the words 'health literacy' were used in a second scan. Among the identified theses, family medicine theses are listed.
Results: In this study, it was observed that there was an increasing trend in the number of theses on health literacy as a family medicine specialty thesis. The publication status of the theses on health literacy of family medicine residents who received specialization training at the university hospitals was lower than that of the family medicine residents at the training and research hospitals (p=0.015). When the health literacy scales used in the thesis research were examined, it was seen that the 3 most commonly used scales were TSOY-32, ASOY-TR, and Adult Health Literacy Scale.
Conclusions: In conclusion, an increase in the number of studies on health literacy in primary care is an expected situation. The rate of publication status of the theses on health literacy in family medicine is moderate. It can be supposed that the chance to publish health literacy research theses will increase with the increase in theses conducted in the field. It will be valuable to use a generally preferred scale in the studies for a better comparison of the accumulated data.