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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


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.


Changes in Depression Subtypes Among Men in STAR*D: A Latent Transition Analysis.
Authors: Ulbricht C.M. , Dumenci L. , Rothschild A.J. , Lapane K.L. .
Source: American journal of men's health, 2018 Jan; 12(1), p. 5-13.
EPub date: 2015-10-05.
PMID: 26438468
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Cancer patients' understanding of prognostic information.
Authors: Cartwright L.A. , Dumenci L. , Siminoff L.A. , Matsuyama R.K. .
Source: Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education, 2014 Jun; 29(2), p. 311-7.
PMID: 24402976
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Measurement of cancer health literacy and identification of patients with limited cancer health literacy.
Authors: Dumenci L. , Matsuyama R. , Riddle D.L. , Cartwright L.A. , Perera R.A. , Chung H. , Siminoff L.A. .
Source: Journal of health communication, 2014; 19 Suppl 2(0 2), p. 205-24.
PMID: 25315594
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Patient-reported use of collaborative goal setting and glycemic control among patients with diabetes.
Authors: Lafata J.E. , Morris H.L. , Dobie E. , Heisler M. , Werner R.M. , Dumenci L. .
Source: Patient education and counseling, 2013 Jul; 92(1), p. 94-9.
EPub date: 2013-02-19.
PMID: 23433777
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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 R.K. , Kuhn L. , Perera R.A. , Siminoff L.A. .
Source: Communication methods and measures, 2013-06-18; 7(2), p. 134-143.
PMID: 23935770
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Sensory pain qualities in neuropathic pain.
Authors: Mackey S. , Carroll I. , Emir B. , Murphy T.K. , Whalen E. , Dumenci L. .
Source: The journal of pain, 2012 Jan; 13(1), p. 58-63.
EPub date: 2011-12-15.
PMID: 22172451
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