Journal article

Conceptualising health literacy from the patient perspective

Joanne E Jordan, Rachelle Buchbinder, Richard H Osborne

Patient Education and Counseling | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: A person's health literacy, i.e., their ability to seek, understand and use health information, is a critical determinant of whether they are able to actively participate in their healthcare. The objective of this study was to conceptualise health literacy from the patient perspective. METHODS: Using comprehensive qualitative methods 48 individuals were interviewed across three distinct groups in Australia: those with a chronic condition, the general community and individuals who had recently presented to a metropolitan public hospital emergency department. Purposeful sampling was employed to ensure a range of experiences was captured. RESULTS: Seven key abilities were identified:..

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