Melanie Hawkins

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BACKGROUND Health literacy has become an increasingly important concept in public health. We sought to develop a comprehensive measure of health literacy capable of diagnosing health literacy needs across individuals and organisations by utilizing perspectives from the general population, patients, practitioners and policymakers. METHODS Using a(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine if participants in chronic disease self-management courses have a change of perspective of their health status (a response shift), and if this is measurable with a paper-based questionnaire. METHODS Nine items were developed to measure potential benefits of self-management courses. These were based on the constructs of a previous(More)
BACKGROUND Recent advances in the measurement of health literacy allow description of a broad range of personal and social dimensions of the concept. Identifying differences in patterns of health literacy between population sub-groups will increase understanding of how health literacy contributes to health inequities and inform intervention development. The(More)
BACKGROUND Increasingly, evidence-based health information, in particular evidence from systematic reviews, is being made available to lay audiences, in addition to health professionals. Research efforts have focused on different formats for the lay presentation of health information. However, there is a paucity of data on how patients integrate(More)
BACKGROUND The Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ) has nine scales that each measure an aspect of the multidimensional construct of health literacy. All scales have good psychometric properties. However, it is the interpretations of data within contexts that must be proven valid, not just the psychometric properties of a measurement instrument. The purpose(More)
Chronic back pain is an extremely common complaint. All primary care physicians will be on the lookout for the 'red flags' that suggest serious pathology. The diagnosis of spinal infection with tuberculosis (TB) is uncommon and often not considered, especially in areas where the rate is very low such as the south west of England. We describe a patient(More)
BACKGROUND Personally controlled electronic health records (PCEHRs) are being implemented throughout Australia; yet few studies have investigated patients' experiences of using a PCEHR. AIM To explore patients' experiences and perspectives of using a locally developed PCEHR implemented in an Australian health service. METHOD Twelve patients completed(More)
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