This paper analyses the readability of official COVID-19 public health information, specifically comparing vaccination information to physical distancing and mask information. We assessed understandability and instruction clarity (actionability) for standard online content and ‘easy read’ resources. COVID-19 vaccination information performed poorly on all readability metrics [...]
Supporting well-informed decisions about breast cancer screening requires communicating that inconsequential disease may be detected, leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Having previously shown that telling women about overdetection improved informed choice, we investigated effects on screening knowledge and participation over 2 years.
The anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) test has been promoted as a way to inform women about their future fertility. However, data consistently show the test is a poor predictor of natural fertility potential for an individual woman. As fertility centre websites are often a primary source [...]
This study aimed to explore Australian women’s current knowledge, perspectives and attitudes about breast density (BD); and information needs to inform effective evidence-based communication strategies. Fourteen online focus group sessions with a total of 78 women in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia aged 40–74 [...]
In Australia in March 2020 a national public health directive required that non-essential workers stay at home, except for essential activities. These restrictions began easing in May 2020 as community transmission slowed. This study investigated changes in COVID prevention behaviours from April-July 2020, and psychosocial [...]
The effectiveness of patient decision aids (PtDAs) and other shared decision-making (SDM) interventions for socially disadvantaged populations has not been well studied. This study assesses whether PtDAs and other SDM interventions improve outcomes or decrease health inequalities among socially disadvantaged populations and determine the critical [...]
Worldwide, telehealth was rapidly adopted as a widespread model of healthcare delivery during the early coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response. Indeed, by April 2020, telehealth services constituted 36% of all healthcare services in Australia. More recently (April 2021), this number has fallen to approximately [...]
Research in health literacy is fundamentally impacted by our ability to adequately assess the construct. Although various measures of health literacy have been developed, there are few reflective discussions of the challenges and learnings from the instrument development process. This is somewhat surprising given that [...]
This qualitative study aimed to explore parental attitudes, knowledge and decision-making about HPV vaccination for adolescents in the context of a gender-neutral school-based Australian National Immunisation Program (NIP).
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