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National survey finds asthma patients have ‘low health literacy’

People with asthma are struggling to manage their health, and finding it difficult to obtain relevant information from healthcare services, a national health survey has found.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics analysed the health literacy, or capacity to obtain and understand information, across a range of health conditions.

It found that those affected by asthma have among Australia’s lowest overall health literacy rates, with around 12 per cent saying they were able to manage their condition effectively. Only five per cent said they felt understood and supported by health services.

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