Never has the health literacy of our population and our institutions been so important. The current COVID-19 crisis brings into sharp relief the consequences of low health literacy in our communities and of our institutions.
Tessa Copp, in collaboration with Professor Jenny Doust (University of Queensland), Associate Professor Jesse Jansen and Professor Kirsten McCaffery, has had her PhD studies on polycystic ovary syndrome featured in an article in The Conversation which was reposted by USyd; Medical Republic; Gizmodo and Foreign Affairs NZ. Tessa's PCOS research was also featured recently on 7News - watch [...]
Professor Michael Paasche-Orlow (Boston University), Innovations in health literacy research. Professor Jo Protheroe (Keele University), Health literacy research in the UK. Professor Richard Osborne (Deakin University), Using health literacy approaches to ensure no-one is left behind: an update [...]
Overdiagnosis is now a health challenge recognised across many nations. Debates about its definition continue, but in short, overdiagnosis happens when health systems routinely diagnose people in ways that do not benefit them or that even do more harm than good, argue Ray Moynihan and colleagues. Australia [...]
Given recent evidence of overdiagnosis and overtreatment of small papillary thyroid cancers (PTCs) and other low-risk cancers, strategies are needed to help patients consider less invasive treatment options. The objective was to determine which factors influence treatment preferences for patients with PTC, and the trade-offs in treatment factors people [...]
Do survey participant treatment preferences and anxiety levels differ when papillary thyroid cancer is described with or without the term cancer? In this randomized crossover study of 550 adults without thyroid cancer, when papillary thyroid cancer was described as a lesion or as abnormal cells (rather than as a cancer), [...]
Note: Given the current requirements to cease all in-person educational meetings at Westmead, the April Health Literacy Seminar will now be pre-recorded and hosted on the Health Literacy Hub website in mid-April. The face-to-face seminar has been cancelled. eHealth literacy has been defined as “the ability to seek, find, understand, [...]