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Kaper, MS; Sixsmith, J; Koot, JAR; Meijering, LB; van Twillert, S; Giammarchi, C; Bevilacqua, R; Barry, MM; Doyle, P; Reijneveld, SA; de Winter, AF
2018
January
Patient Education And Counseling
Developing and pilot testing a comprehensive health literacy communication training for health professionals in three European countries
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Health literacy, Patient-centred communication, Professional education, Multidisciplinary training
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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. (c) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
0738-3991
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.017
10.1016/j.pec.2017.07.017
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