Journal article

Measuring health literacy in community agencies: a Bayesian study of the factor structure and measurement invariance of the health literacy questionnaire (HLQ)

Gerald R Elsworth, Alison Beauchamp, Richard H Osborne



BACKGROUND: The development of the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ), reported in 2013, attracted widespread international interest. While the original study samples were drawn from clinical and home-based aged-care settings, the HLQ was designed for the full range of healthcare contexts including community-based health promotion and support services. We report a follow-up study of the psychometric properties of the HLQ with respondents from a diverse range of community-based organisations with the principal goal of contributing to the development of a soundly validated evidence base for its use in community health settings. METHODS: Data were provided by 813 clients of 8 community agencie..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The project was funded by a peer-reviewed nationally competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant, with partnership funding from the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Deakin University and Monash University. Alison Beauchamp was funded by an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Industry (APDI) award. Richard Osborne was funded in part through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship #APP1059122.