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Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: A scoping review


Choudhry, FZ and Ming, LC and Munawar, K and Zaidi, STR and Patel, RP and Khan, TM and Elmer, S, Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: A scoping review, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, (7) pp. 1-32. ISSN 1660-4601 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/ijerph16071112


Health literacy (HL) is an essential component of various literacies mentioned in the field of health and education, including cultural, technological, media and scientific literacies. It is important for motivating higher consumer engagement. We aimed to review previous studies of HL in Australia to inform future studies, extend current knowledge and further enhance HL. Using search strings, a systematic search of four databases (i.e., MEDLINE; Embase; CINAHL and Eric) was carried out. A Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) based search strategy led to identification of a total of N = 9696 records, that were further screened for inclusion in the review. The review findings were categorized into three major themes: (1) HL and health numeracy; (2) contrast of: knowledge deficiency, knowledge gained, problems of current health care system and (3) HL measurement methods and its domains. The findings from this scoping review show a dearth of measurement tools with sound psychometric properties for assessing HL. The findings also reveal low levels of HL in consumers which is in turn affecting health-related behaviors, utilization of health services and navigation of the health system. More recent developments have tried to integrate vital aspects, including introduction of applications to increase HL and exploring HL in Aboriginal communities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health literacy measurement, health knowledge, health numeracy, health-related literacy, consumer health information
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Ming, LC (Dr Long Ming)
UTAS Author:Zaidi, STR (Dr Tabish Razi Zaidi)
UTAS Author:Patel, RP (Dr Rahul Patel)
UTAS Author:Elmer, S (Associate Professor Shandell Elmer)
ID Code:131793
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2019-04-06
Last Modified:2022-08-29
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