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Health literacy and patient comprehension in the pre-anaesthetics consultation

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Abstract


  • Background

    : The concept of health literacy and patient

    comprehension is important, especially in the area of patient

    consent for surgical procedures. This extends to the pre-

    admissions anaesthetic consultation where poor patient health

    literacy can have an impact on the patient’s comprehension of

    risks.

    Objectives

    : This exploratory study aims to investigate the

    level of health literacy and comprehension in a population of

    patients attending a pre-admissions anaesthetic clinic.

    Methods

    : A

    cross-sectional study design was used to survey adult participants

    (≥18yrs old) attending a regional based pre-anaesthetics clinic.

    Information gathered as part of the survey included demographic

    information, health literacy scores (via a previously validated

    tool), and questions pertaining to the comprehension of their

    consultation.

    Results

    : In total, 51 patients participated in the

    study. Patients were divided into two subgroups (inadequate/

    marginal vs. adequate), depending on their screened level of health

    literacy. Those with inadequate/marginal health literacy were

    significantly more at risk of having inadequate comprehension

    than those with adequate health literacy (p = 0.01). There was no

    statistically significant difference between health literacy levels

    and a variety of demographic indicators, including education level

    and employment status.

    Conclusion

    : Patients with inadequate

    or marginal screened health literacy scores were less likely to

    comprehend the information provided to them as part of their

    pre-admissions consultation. These results suggest that screening

    patients for their health literacy levels may be advantageous, in

    that information provided can be tailored to their individual needs.

    Further research is however required.

UOW Authors


  •   Russell, Michael J. (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Billington, Tim

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Russell, M. J. M., Mullan, J. & Billington, T. (2015). Health literacy and patient comprehension in the pre-anaesthetics consultation. Australian Medical Student Journal, 6 (1), 73-76.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4301&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3278

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 73

End Page


  • 76

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia

Abstract


  • Background

    : The concept of health literacy and patient

    comprehension is important, especially in the area of patient

    consent for surgical procedures. This extends to the pre-

    admissions anaesthetic consultation where poor patient health

    literacy can have an impact on the patient’s comprehension of

    risks.

    Objectives

    : This exploratory study aims to investigate the

    level of health literacy and comprehension in a population of

    patients attending a pre-admissions anaesthetic clinic.

    Methods

    : A

    cross-sectional study design was used to survey adult participants

    (≥18yrs old) attending a regional based pre-anaesthetics clinic.

    Information gathered as part of the survey included demographic

    information, health literacy scores (via a previously validated

    tool), and questions pertaining to the comprehension of their

    consultation.

    Results

    : In total, 51 patients participated in the

    study. Patients were divided into two subgroups (inadequate/

    marginal vs. adequate), depending on their screened level of health

    literacy. Those with inadequate/marginal health literacy were

    significantly more at risk of having inadequate comprehension

    than those with adequate health literacy (p = 0.01). There was no

    statistically significant difference between health literacy levels

    and a variety of demographic indicators, including education level

    and employment status.

    Conclusion

    : Patients with inadequate

    or marginal screened health literacy scores were less likely to

    comprehend the information provided to them as part of their

    pre-admissions consultation. These results suggest that screening

    patients for their health literacy levels may be advantageous, in

    that information provided can be tailored to their individual needs.

    Further research is however required.

UOW Authors


  •   Russell, Michael J. (external author)
  •   Mullan, Judy
  •   Billington, Tim

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Russell, M. J. M., Mullan, J. & Billington, T. (2015). Health literacy and patient comprehension in the pre-anaesthetics consultation. Australian Medical Student Journal, 6 (1), 73-76.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=4301&context=smhpapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/3278

Number Of Pages


  • 3

Start Page


  • 73

End Page


  • 76

Volume


  • 6

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • Australia