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Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: a scoping review

Riaz, Fahad and Long, Chiau Ming and Munawar, Khadeeja and Razi Zaidi, Syed Tabish and Patel, Rahul P. and Khan, Tahir Mehmood and Elmer, Shandell (2019) Health literacy studies conducted in Australia: a scoping review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16 (7). pp. 1-32. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

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 Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 9018/71792
Uncontrolled Keywords: health literacy measurement; health knowledge; health numeracy; health-related literacy; consumer health information
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh > KBP490 Furūʻ al-fiqh. Substantive law. Branches of law. > KBP3075 Public health
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1050.9 Educational psychology
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Dr Fahad Riaz
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2019 10:33
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 16:08
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/71792

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