Developing and pilot testing a comprehensive health literacy communication training for health professionals in three European countries

Marise S. Kaper, Jane Sixsmith, Jaap A.R. Koot, Louise B. Meijering, Sacha van Twillert, Cinzia Giammarchi, Roberta Bevilacqua, Margaret M. Barry, Priscilla Doyle, Sijmen A. Reijneveld, Andrea F. de Winter

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Abstract

Objective: Skills to address different health literacy problems are lacking among health professionals. We sought to develop and pilot test a comprehensive health literacy communication training for various health professionals in Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. Methods: Thirty health professionals participated in the study. A literature review focused on evidence-informed training-components. Focus group discussions (FGDs) explored perspectives from seventeen professionals on a prototype-program, and feedback from thirteen professionals following pilot-training. Pre-post questionnaires assessed self-rated health literacy communication skills. Results: The literature review yielded five training-components to address functional, interactive and critical health literacy: health literacy education, gathering and providing information, shared decision-making, enabling self-management, and supporting behaviour change. In FGDs, professionals endorsed the prototype-program and reported that the pilot-training increased knowledge and patient-centred communication skills in addressing health literacy, as shown by self-rated pre-post questionnaires. Conclusion: A comprehensive training for health professionals in three European countries enhances perceived skills to address functional, interactive and critical health literacy. Practice implications: This training has potential for wider application in education and practice in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Jul 19 2017

Keywords

  • Health literacy
  • Multidisciplinary training
  • Patient-centred communication
  • Professional education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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