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. Overdiagnosis is unwarranted diagnosis, [...]
Properly informing target audiences is crucial in population-based screening programs. We aimed to evaluate the impact of information about CRC screening on attitudes and intended participation in a screening-naive population.
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 prevalence of complementary medicine use in pregnancy and lactation has been increasingly noted internationally. This systematic review aimed to determine the complementary medicine products (CMPs) used in pregnancy and/or lactation for the benefit of the mother, the pregnancy, child and/or the breastfeeding process. Additionally, [...]
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 Evidence is mounting that disease labels affect people’s psychological responses and their decisions about management options.1 The use of [...]
Ultimately, the goal of the field of health literacy and the purpose of HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice is empowerment—to help people gain more control over their health. Studies reported in HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice will vary, but our continuing objective is to improve individuals' and [...]
People with low literacy and low health literacy have poorer health outcomes. Literacy and health literacy are distinct but overlapping constructs that impact wellbeing. Interventions that target both could improve health outcomes.
Adults with low literacy are less empowered to take care of their health, have poorer health outcomes and higher healthcare costs. We facilitated partnerships between adult literacy teachers and community health providers to deliver a health literacy training program in adult basic education classrooms. Following course completion we interviewed 19 adult [...]
Asking patients to “Teach-Back” information during a health care consultation is widely recommended, yet little is known about patient and provider experiences using this method. Teach-Back has not previously been evaluated in a consumer telephone health service, a situation in which low health literacy can [...]