4364.0.55.014 - National Health Survey: Health Literacy, 2018  
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Ability to actively engage with healthcare providers (Domain 6)

This health literacy domain looks at whether people are proactive about their health, feel in control of relationships with healthcare providers and are able to seek advice from additional healthcare providers when necessary.

The following items were used to assess this domain[1]:
    • Make sure that healthcare providers understand your problems properly.
    • Feel able to discuss your health concerns with a healthcare provider.
    • Have good discussions about your health with doctors.
    • Discuss things with healthcare providers until you understand all you need to.
    • Ask healthcare providers questions to get the health information you need.

Selected findings for this domain are provided below:
    • Overall, 33% of people always found it easy to actively engage with healthcare providers, 56% usually easy while 12% found it difficult.
    • Older people aged 65 years and over were more likely to always find it easy to actively engage with healthcare providers (39%), compared with younger people aged 18-24 years (28%).
    • Of those who assessed their health as excellent or very good, 36% always found it easy to actively engage with healthcare providers compared with 28% of those who assessed their health as fair or poor.
    • People without a disability or a restrictive long-term health condition were less likely (10%) to find it difficult to actively engage with healthcare providers compared to those with a profound or severe core activity limitation (22%).
    • Those without a long term health condition were less likely to have difficulty in actively engaging with healthcare providers (10%), compared with those with 3 or more long-term health conditions (17%).

Endnote


1 The Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ). Copyright 2014 Deakin University. Authors: Richard H Osborne, Rachelle Buchbinder, Roy Batterham, Gerald R Elsworth. No part of the HLQ can be reproduced, copied, altered or translated without the permission of the authors. Further information: rosborne@swin.edu.au.

Graph Image for Ability to actively engage with healthcare providers by number of selected chronic conditions

Source(s): Health Literacy Survey, 2018