A pilot trial of innovative communication approaches in clinical care to promote health literacy for women with low English proficiency

Research Opportunity
Project Status
General Practice
Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Jane Yelland Personal web page

Project Details

Inadequate or mis-communication of critical informational between health professionals and women with low English proficiency is one of the factors contributing to marked disparities between maternal and perinatal outcomes o refugee and migrant women compared to ‘native’ born women in high income countries. This study will pilot two ways to enhance communication involving professional interpreters under trial conditions This will include the use of smart phones to audio-video record antenatal consultations involving interpreters and the use of ‘teach back’ as a communication technique to encourage engagement and understanding of information. The project will be undertaken with MCRI in partnership with a lead refugee agency and a public maternity service. Data sources: interviews with participating women, clinicians and interpreters; observation of clinical encounters; analysis of video-audio recordings.

School Research Themes

Women's Health

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General Practice

Research Node

Royal Children’s Hospital/Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

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