Activity Worth: 1 CPD hours

Australasian Podiatry Conference 2017: Identifying indicators of low health literacy in hospitalised patients - APodC

by Rebecca Jessup1,3, Richard Osborne1, Alison Beauchamp1, Allison Bourne2,3, Rachelle Buchbinder2,3 on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 - 2:38pm

The Australasian Podiatry Conference 2017 featured an array of great speakers and some exemplary papers.

We are pleased to provide here one of the conference abstracts and invite you to read the abstract and then complete the writing task detailed below.

CPD Activity: Value – 1 hour – Consider category 4 Self-directed Learning under Podiatry Board of Australia Guidelines.  Consider also Category 3 Quality Improvement Activities under the guidelines

33 Identifying indicators of low health literacy in hospitalised patients

Rebecca Jessup1,3, Richard Osborne1, Alison Beauchamp1, Allison Bourne2,3, Rachelle Buchbinder2,3

1Deakin University, Victoria, Australia; 2Cabrini Institute, Victoria, Australia; 3Monash University, Victoria, Australia

Correspondence: Rebecca Jessup



Health literacy is an individual’s ability to find, understand and use health information in order to promote and maintain health. Low health literacy has been found to affect ¼ of all Australians, and 1/3 of individuals presenting to hospitals with foot related complaints.


Two cross sectional surveys across two hospitals using the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) - a 44 item survey covering nine domains: Feeling understood and supported by providers; Having sufficient information to manage my health; Actively managing my health; Social support; Appraisal of health information; Ability to actively engage; Navigating the healthcare system; Ability to find good health information; Understanding health information. Eligibility for both surveys were hospitalisation ≥24 hours in the past 30 days, aged ≥ 18, no cognitive impairment, and discharged home.


3121 (33%) individuals participated from the private hospital, and 384 (13%) from the public hospital. Private mean age (SD) 66 (17) years (52% female), public mean age (SD) 64 (17) (49% female). There were significant differences between the overall health literacy of the public hospital and private hospital cohorts for almost all HLQ scales, with much of the difference explained by socioeconomic disparities. Allowing for differences, those who participated in low weekly activity levels, those with depression and/or anxiety, and those with 3 or more chronic conditions reported low health literacy across both hospitals for a number of HLQ domains.


Health literacy patterns exist across health behaviours and chronic diseases independent of social and economic determinants of health. Podiatrists working in all healthcare settings may use these patterns to identify individuals at risk of having low health literacy, allowing customisation of health information content and delivery.

The task 



Select one abstract, then prepare a brief paper (250 – 500 words) in which you explain why the subject matter is important to you. Give your initial response, and then write about the aspect you have chosen to reflect upon. You may wish to relate to your own skills, professional experience or discipline knowledge.


Outline any changes in your understanding and/or behaviour as a result of the experience. What actions may flow from your engagement? Explain the implications for this in your future professional practice. What actions might you take and why?


Don’t forget to upload your completed work to your e-portfolio, citing paper number and title, as evidence of completion.


This abstract can be viewed at the below link.  This abstract is number 33.


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