Success: Dr Tessa Copp was awarded an NHMRC Investigator Grant of $650,740 to lead a project on reducing the harms of inappropriate medicalisation of women's reproductive health.
Success: 'Parenting + Improving health and service-use outcomes through health literacy training for new parents: an effectiveness-implementation hybrid trial' has received funding from the NHMRC. CIs include Kirsten McCaffery, Danielle Muscat, Don Nutbeam, Virginia Schmied, Li Ming Wen, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Alison Hayes, Erin Cvejic and [...]
Accounting for health literacy and intervention preferences when reducing unhealthy snacking: protocol for an online randomised controlled trial – Julie Ayre et al
Health literacy describes the cognitive and social skills that individuals use to access, understand and act on health information. Health literacy interventions typically take the ‘universal precautions approach’ where all consumers are presented with simplified materials. Although this approach can improve knowledge and comprehension, its [...]
Development and pilot-testing of a colorectal cancer screening decision aid for individuals with varying health literacy levels – Annie Woudstra et al
Making an informed decision about colorectal cancer screening requires health literacy. Our aim was to develop and pilot-test a computer-based decision aid to support informed decision making about whether or not to participate in colorectal cancer screening for individuals with varying health literacy levels in [...]
Implementation of an organisation-wide health literacy approach to improve the understandability and actionability of patient information and education materials: A pre-post effectiveness study – Fiorina Mastroianni et al
Limited examples exist globally of coordinated, organisation-wide health literacy approaches to systematically improve the understandability and actionability of patient health information. Even fewer have been formally evaluated. The aim of this study was to use the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) to evaluate the [...]
Online decision aids for primary cardiovascular disease prevention: Systematic search, evaluation of quality, and suitability for low health literacy patients – Carissa Bonner et al
Recent guideline changes for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention medication have resulted in calls to implement shared decision-making rather than arbitrary treatment thresholds. Less attention has been paid to existing tools that could facilitate this. Decision aids are well-established tools that enable shared decision-making and have [...]
Effect of two behavioural ‘nudging’ interventions on management decisions for low back pain: a randomised vignette-based study in general practitioners – Jason Soon et al
'Nudges' are subtle cognitive cues thought to influence behaviour. We investigated whether embedding nudges in a general practitioner (GP) clinical decision support display can reduce low-value management decisions.
Removing the cancer label in low risk conditions that are unlikely to cause harm if left untreated may help reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment, argue Brooke Nickel and colleagues. Renaming low risk conditions labelled as cancer. Nickel B, Moynihan R, Barratt A, Brito J, McCaffery [...]