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Training physiotherapists to be responsive to their clients’ health literacy needs

Bird, ML ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7196, Elmer, S ORCID: 0000-0001-9757-9976, Osborne, RH, Flittner, A and O'Brien, JA ORCID: 0000-0002-6504-8422 2020 , 'Training physiotherapists to be responsive to their clients’ health literacy needs' , Physiotherapy Theory and Practice , doi: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1850956.

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Objective: To evaluate health literacy learning modules designed specifically for physiotherapists in private practice.Methods: Mixed-method design was used, evaluating pre-post physiotherapist health literacy knowledge and competencies using questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. One rural and one metropolitan private physiotherapy practice were recruited.Participants: Clients, physiotherapists, and other clinic staff. The OPHELIA (Optimizing Health Literacy and Access) process was applied to identify the health literacy needs of clients; co-design interventions; and implement and evaluate the interventions. The health literacy learning modules were co-designed with the physiotherapists and included one 3-h face-to-face workshop, followed by two 1-h videoconference workshops. Health literacy knowledge (rated 1-5 for 10 items, max score 50) and skills (rated 1-5 for 5 items, max score 25) were assessed before and after the workshops. Data were analyzed by paired t-test. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and thematically analyzed.Results: Health literacy knowledge of 19 health professionals improved after the workshop by 63% (pre 26.0 (7.5), post 41.0 (2.7), p Practice Implications: Improvements in health literacy knowledge and skills are possible through post-graduate professional development. Conclusion: Workshops changed physiotherapists' understanding of their role in promoting health literacy.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Bird, ML and Elmer, S and Osborne, RH and Flittner, A and O'Brien, JA
Keywords: physiotherapist, health education, client-centered, mixed methods, health literacy, evaluation, workshops, professional development
Journal or Publication Title: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN: 0959-3985
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/09593985.2020.1850956
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