Understanding communication of health information: a lesson in health literacy for junior medical and physiotherapy students.

Abstract

Best practice communication between healthcare professionals and patients involves using quality patient information leaflets (PILs). We assessed medical and physiotherapy students' (N = 337) ability to appraise the readability, psychology theory content and quality of nine international smoking PILs. Flesch scores ranged from 52.8-79.7% (fairly difficult to fairly easy). Students identified components of the Health Belief Model (84-98%), Theory of Planned Behaviour (65-88%) and Transtheoretical Model (37-86%). Importantly, student-proposed additional theory-based content had no detrimental effect on readability scores. Overall quality scores indicated low-moderate quality. This assignment helped students critically evaluate the utility of PILs for communication.

DOI: 10.1177/1359105312446771

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@article{Doyle2013UnderstandingCO, title={Understanding communication of health information: a lesson in health literacy for junior medical and physiotherapy students.}, author={Frank Doyle and Sally Doherty and Karen L. M. Morgan and Orla McBride and Anne Hickey}, journal={Journal of health psychology}, year={2013}, volume={18 4}, pages={497-506} }