The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that Tasmanians have the lowest level of health literacy among all the states and territories of Australia. Other research has also reported that older people generally have lower levels of health literacy, and that this results in difficulties communicating with health professionals, higher rates of accident and emergency visits and hospitalisations, poor chronic disease management, medication errors and lower uptake of preventative interventions.
A mix of qualitative and quantitative methods are proposed to examine the aspects and levels of health literacy of older Tasmanians living in rural communities, particularly those who are living with, or at-risk of, chronic illnesses. This study is expected to find answers to the following questions:
Two categories of participants are targeted in this study: older Tasmanians living in rural communities and health professionals working in Tasmania. Survey, interviews and/or focus groups will be used for data collection.
Dr Dr Quynh Lê or A/Professor Tony Barnett or Dr Penny Allen
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Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
1 December, 2010