Development of a complex intervention to improve health literacy skills.
Bottom Line: Content included: an introduction to research methods, help on how to find evidence-based health information efficiently based on the steps of evidence-based practice, an introduction to critical appraisal, information about patient participation rights in decision-making, and a decision aid for consultations.The web portal was designed in a systematic and transparent way and address key barriers to obtaining and acting upon reliable health information.The web portal provides open access to the tools and can be used independently by health care users, or during consultations with health professionals.
Affiliation: Prevention, Health Promotion and Organisation Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway.Show MeSH
Mentions: Our overall goal when initiating this project was to develop an intervention with the potential to improve users' health literacy skills related to their ability to obtain health information within the conceptual framework of health literacy. What health literacy skills really entail has been defined in many different ways.5,12,22,23 In our study, we used the multi-dimensional model formulated by Zarcadoolas et al.,5 which contains four central domains: fundamental literacy (reading, writing, speaking and working with numbers), science literacy (understanding and using science and technology), civic literacy (skills and abilities that enables awareness, participation and involvement) and cultural literacy (skills and abilities to recognise, understand and use of (others') beliefs, customs, worldviews and social identities). This model provided us with an explicit framework for understanding and operationalising health literacy in our intervention (see Figure2).
Affiliation: Prevention, Health Promotion and Organisation Unit, Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, Oslo, Norway.