Individuals with chronic low back pain have greater difficulty in engaging in positive lifestyle behaviours than those without back pain: An assessment of health literacy

Andrew Briggs, Joanne E Jordan, Peter O'Sullivan, Rachelle Buchbinder, Angus Burnett, Richard Harry Osborne, Leon Straker

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Abstract

Background Despite the large volume of research dedicated to understanding chronic low back pain (CLBP), patient outcomes remain modest while healthcare costs continue to rise, creating a major public health burden. Health literacy, the ability to seek, understand and utilise health information - has been identified as an important factor in the course of other chronic conditions and may be important in the aetiology of CLBP. Many of the currently available health literacy measurement tools are limited since they measure narrow aspects of health literacy. The Health Literacy Measurement Scale (HeLMS) was developed recently to measure broader elements of health literacy. The aim of this study was to measure broad elements of health literacy among individuals with CLBP and without LBP using the HeLMS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 27
Number of pages27
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Volume12
Issue numberArt. No: 161
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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