Journal article

Distribution of health literacy strengths and weaknesses across socio-demographic groups: a cross-sectional survey using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)

Alison Beauchamp, Rachelle Buchbinder, Sarity Dodson, Roy W Batterham, Gerald R Elsworth, Crystal McPhee, Louise Sparkes, Melanie Hawkins, Richard H Osborne

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the measurement of health literacy allow description of a broad range of personal and social dimensions of the concept. Identifying differences in patterns of health literacy between population sub-groups will increase understanding of how health literacy contributes to health inequities and inform intervention development. The aim of this study was to use a multi-dimensional measurement tool to describe the health literacy of adults in urban and rural Victoria, Australia. METHODS: Data were collected from clients (n = 813) of 8 health and community care organisations, using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ). Demographic and health service data were also ..

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Grants

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


Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank Jeannine Jacobson, Sylvia Barry, Kirsten Phillips, Jayne Power and Silvana Cavalli from the Victorian Department of Health. We also wish to thank staff from the healthcare organisations participating in this study for their commitment to data collection. The project is funded by a peer-reviewed nationally competitive Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grant, with partnership funding from the Victorian Department of Health, Deakin University and Monash University. Richard Osborne is funded in part through a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Research Fellowship #APP1059122. Rachelle Buchbinder is funded in part through an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship #APP606429. Alison Beauchamp is funded through an ARC Linkage Industry Fellowship.