Conceptualising health literacy from the patient perspective
Joanne E Jordan, Rachelle Buchbinder, Richard H Osborne
Patient Education and Counseling | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2010
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:..View full abstract
Rachelle Buchbinder is supported in part by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Practitioner Fellowship and Richard Osborne is supported in part by a NHMRC Population Health Fellowship (Career Development Award). Joanne Jordan is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA).