Journal article

Health literacy profile of recently hospitalised patients in the private hospital setting: a cross sectional survey using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)

Allison Bourne, Shehzaad Peerbux, Rebecca Jessup, Margaret Staples, Alison Beauchamp, Rachelle Buchbinder



BACKGROUND: Health service providers should understand and attend to the health literacy needs of their population in view of the known association between low health literacy and poorer health outcomes. This study aimed to determine the health literacy profile of patients treated at a large private hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and any associations between this profile and socio-economic position, health behaviours, health status and use of hospital services. METHODS: A mailed survey was sent to 9173 people aged ≥18 years with a hospital admission between February and October 2014. It included the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ), a multidimensional tool comprising nine independent s..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by a grant from Cabrini Institute. ABeauchamp is funded by an ARC Linkage Industry Fellowship. RB is funded by an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellowship ID 1082138. Funding bodies were not involved in the design of the study, data collection, data analysis or writing of the manuscript.