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Grant Details

Grant Number: 5R01CA140151-04 Interpret this number
Primary Investigator: Dumenci, Levent
Organization: Virginia Commonwealth University
Project Title: Development of an Instrument to Measure Health Literacy in Cancer Patients
Fiscal Year: 2013
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Abstract

DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Health literacy is recognized as a core component of effective communication in cancer care and is associated with a number of important health outcomes. Cancer, in particular, requires that patients be able to obtain and understand complex information about their disease and treatment (e.g., risks and benefits, odds in prognosis, side effects, median survival rates, informed consent). Patients with limited health literacy may not be able to obtain or understand important information about their cancer treatments, which may impact treatment adherence and disease outcomes. The overall goal of this study is to develop a cancer health literacy test. To accomplish this goal, we will: 1) identify a comprehensive set of cancer health literacy domains by means of a variety of intensive qualitative methods; 2) generate and refine draft items by employing accepted practices in scale development; and 3) test psychometric properties of the test by means of rigorous quantitative methods.

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Publications

Cancer patients' understanding of prognostic information.
Authors: Cartwright LA, Dumenci L, Siminoff LA, Matsuyama RK
Source: J Cancer Educ, 2014 Jun;29(2), p. 311-7.
PMID: 24402976
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On the Validity of the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) Scale as a Measure of Health Literacy.
Authors: Dumenci L, Matsuyama RK, Kuhn L, Perera RA, Siminoff LA
Source: Commun Methods Meas, 2013 Jun 18;7(2), p. 134-143.
PMID: 23935770
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Patient-reported use of collaborative goal setting and glycemic control among patients with diabetes.
Authors: Lafata JE, Morris HL, Dobie E, Heisler M, Werner RM, Dumenci L
Source: Patient Educ Couns, 2013 Jul;92(1), p. 94-9.
EPub date: 2013 Feb 19.
PMID: 23433777
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