Journal article

Up to a quarter of the Australian population may have suboptimal health literacy depending upon the measurement tool: results from a population-based survey

Melissa N Barber, Margaret Staples, Richard H Osborne, Rosemary Clerehan, Catherine Elder, Rachelle Buchbinder

HEALTH PROMOTION INTERNATIONAL | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to measure health literacy in a representative sample of the Australian general population using three health literacy tools; to consider the congruency of results; and to determine whether these assessments were associated with socio-demographic characteristics. Face-to-face interviews were conducted in a stratified random sample of the adult Victorian population identified from the 2004 Australian Government Electoral Roll. Participants were invited to participate by mail and follow-up telephone call. Health literacy was measured using the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM), Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA) and Newest Vi..

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