Health Literacy Barriers and Enablers in the Stroke Rehabilitation Pathway at Albury Wodonga Health: Patient and Practitioner Perspectives

Jaclyn Allwood, Kylie Murphy, Lucie Shanahan

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Aim: The aim of the first phase of this study is to identify the health literacy barriers and enablers from the perspective of stroke patients during their inpatient rehabilitation at Albury Wodonga Health (AWH). The aim of the second phase is to document how allied health practitioners at AWH work to optimise the health literacy environment for stroke patients, and their ideas regarding how identified barriers can be overcome.

Method: The first phase involves semi-structured in-depth interviews with four stroke patients to explore their experiences. The second phase involves a focus group with 6-8 practitioners in the inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Results: Data collection is currently underway, but the results to be presented will uncover barriers and enablers experienced by stroke patients during their rehabilitation, and practitioner reflections on the patients’ perspectives.

Significance of the findings to allied health: The findings from this research will add to the findings of previous research which suggest that environmental factors important for health literacy vary, depending on the patient group and the disease being treated or action to be taken. This study will identify factors which may apply in other similar health services, and suggest ways in which identified enablers can be achieved and barriers can be overcome.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event2nd Victorian Allied Health Research Conference 2017 - Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 31 Mar 201731 Mar 2017 (Conference website) (program)


Conference2nd Victorian Allied Health Research Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleAllied Health Future Directions
OtherThank you for your interest in the 2nd Victorian Allied Health Research Conference. The Victorian Allied Health Research Conference aims to showcase the breadth and depth of research being undertaken across the allied health professions in Victoria, and bring allied health together as a collective, to problem solve the challenges facing health and human services
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