Individuals with chronic low back pain have greater difficulty in engaging in positive lifestyle behaviours than those without back pain: An assessment of health literacy
Andrew M Briggs, Joanne E Jordan, Peter B O'Sullivan, Rachelle Buchbinder, Angus F Burnett, Richard H Osborne, Leon M Straker
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders | BMC | Published : 2011
BACKGROUND: Despite the large volume of research dedicated to understanding chronic low back pain (CLBP), patient outcomes remain modest while healthcare costs continue to rise, creating a major public health burden. Health literacy - the ability to seek, understand and utilise health information - has been identified as an important factor in the course of other chronic conditions and may be important in the aetiology of CLBP. Many of the currently available health literacy measurement tools are limited since they measure narrow aspects of health literacy. The Health Literacy Measurement Scale (HeLMS) was developed recently to measure broader elements of health literacy. The aim of this stu..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge Jason Chua, Deborah Metcalf and the Survey Research Centre (Edith Cowan University) for providing project support. Dr Andrew Briggs, Professor Rachelle Buchbinder, Professor Richard Osborne and Professor Leon Straker were supported by fellowships awarded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Funding for the JSHS was provided by strategic grants awarded by Curtin University and Edith Cowan University.