Journal article

Health literacy screening of patients attending a student-led osteopathy clinic: A pilot investigation

Brett Vaughan, Jane Mulcahy, Kylie Fitzgerald

COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES IN CLINICAL PRACTICE | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Adequate levels of health literacy (HL) are required for patients to access appropriate health services and develop an understanding of the options for managing their healthcare needs. There is limited literature on HL of patients seeking care for a musculoskeletal complaint. The present study sought to screen the HL of patients presenting to an Australian osteopathy student-led clinic using a single screening question 'Are you confident completing medical forms?'. Less than 10% of patients attending the clinic were considered to have below adequate levels of HL using this question, consistent with other work in Australian populations. Logistic regression analysis identified that the most si..

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