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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157634
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Developing the Gear Up Guidebook: Issues in Health Literacy
Abstract:
Developing the Gear Up Guidebook: Issues in Health Literacy
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2009
Author:Smith, Jackie A., PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Utah College of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor (Clinical)
Contact Address:10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA
Contact Telephone:801-581-4840
Co-Authors:Karen Lindau, MS, Study Coordinator
Purpose: This presentation describes how the principles of health literacy and plain language communication were used to prepare a patient guidebook, a core component of a trial of a targeted and tailored symptom management intervention for older adult men with prostate cancer. Background and Rationale: Health literacy, according to Healthy People 2010, is "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." Health literacy includes the ability of patients to read and understand health information and to manage disease. Research Issue: The guide helps patients manage problems that commonly occur during and after receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Topics covered include fatigue, urinary problems, diarrhea, hot flashes, pain, skin care, sexual concerns, exercise, sleep problems, emotional responses, and communication with health care professionals. We used the following process. (1) We conducted a literature review to determine the most common side effects, their causes, and what patients can do to manage them. This included review of numerous patient education materials. (2) The information was compiled and written in a clear and readable format. Strategies from relevant clinical practice guidelines were recommended. (3) The draft was reviewed and edited by all study team members, on-site oncology nurses, and editors. (4) An expert consultant in health literacy provided suggestions regarding format and style. (5) Design assistance was provided by a professional printing service. (6) The guidebook was then pre-tested with several prostate cancer patients. They provided extremely valuable insights regarding the content and style. (7) Literacy testing indicated only 5% Passive Sentences, a Flesch Reading Ease of 72.5 (60 to 70 and higher is easier to read) and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 6.1. Conclusions: The described process was effective in developing a core component of an intervention for men completing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The effort resulted in a patient-friendly, targeted, learning guide entitled, Gear Up! A Guide to Help You Feel Better After Treatment. Implications: Health literacy techniques can be used by oncology nurses as they prepare written materials to increase patients? learning, understanding, and ability to manage their symptoms.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleDeveloping the Gear Up Guidebook: Issues in Health Literacyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157634-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Developing the Gear Up Guidebook: Issues in Health Literacy</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Smith, Jackie A., PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Utah College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor (Clinical)</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">10 South 2000 East, Salt Lake City, UT, 84112, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">801-581-4840</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jackie.smith@nurs.utah.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Karen Lindau, MS, Study Coordinator</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose: This presentation describes how the principles of health literacy and plain language communication were used to prepare a patient guidebook, a core component of a trial of a targeted and tailored symptom management intervention for older adult men with prostate cancer. Background and Rationale: Health literacy, according to Healthy People 2010, is &quot;the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.&quot; Health literacy includes the ability of patients to read and understand health information and to manage disease. Research Issue: The guide helps patients manage problems that commonly occur during and after receiving radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Topics covered include fatigue, urinary problems, diarrhea, hot flashes, pain, skin care, sexual concerns, exercise, sleep problems, emotional responses, and communication with health care professionals. We used the following process. (1) We conducted a literature review to determine the most common side effects, their causes, and what patients can do to manage them. This included review of numerous patient education materials. (2) The information was compiled and written in a clear and readable format. Strategies from relevant clinical practice guidelines were recommended. (3) The draft was reviewed and edited by all study team members, on-site oncology nurses, and editors. (4) An expert consultant in health literacy provided suggestions regarding format and style. (5) Design assistance was provided by a professional printing service. (6) The guidebook was then pre-tested with several prostate cancer patients. They provided extremely valuable insights regarding the content and style. (7) Literacy testing indicated only 5% Passive Sentences, a Flesch Reading Ease of 72.5 (60 to 70 and higher is easier to read) and a Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of 6.1. Conclusions: The described process was effective in developing a core component of an intervention for men completing radiation therapy for prostate cancer. The effort resulted in a patient-friendly, targeted, learning guide entitled, Gear Up! A Guide to Help You Feel Better After Treatment. Implications: Health literacy techniques can be used by oncology nurses as they prepare written materials to increase patients? learning, understanding, and ability to manage their symptoms.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:03:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:03:28Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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