Cover Image

Impact of patients’ judgment skills on asthma self-management: a pilot study

Ana Maria Moreno Londoño, Peter J. Schulz
  • Ana Maria Moreno Londoño
    Institute of Communication and Health, University of Lugano, Switzerland | anamorenol@gmail.com
  • Peter J. Schulz
    Institute of Communication and Health, University of Lugano, Switzerland

Abstract

Background. The majority of current health literacy tools assess functional skills including reading, writing, and numeracy. Although these tools have been able to underline the impact of such skills on individuals’ health behaviour, there is a need for comprehensive measures to examine more advanced skills. The individual’s ability to use health-related information considering his/her own health context, and judging positive and negative consequences of their decisions has been conceptualized as judgment skills. The present study used a newly developed judgment skills tool to explore asthma self-management practices.
Design and methods. Eighty asthma patients were recruited from medical offices during the year 2013. The questionnaire was self-administered and contained health literacy questions, the judgment skill tool, the Asthma Control Test, and several self-management questions.
Results. Sixty-nine percent of participants had adequate health literacy, while 24% and 5% had marginal and inadequate levels, respectively. The high-judgment group referred more to their doctor when experiencing asthma problems t(76)=−2.18, P<0.032; complied more with the use of their control medicine t(77)=−3.24, P<0.002 and went more regularly to the doctor t(78)=−1.80, P<0.038 (one-tailed) than the low-judgment group.
Conclusions. The judgment skills tool can help identify asthma patients’ health information use and reveal how this use may affect some self-management practices.

Keywords

health literacy, judgment skills, asthma self-management, pilot study

Full Text:

PDF
APPENDIX
HTML
Submitted: 2014-07-15 15:29:48
Published: 2014-12-02 08:06:20
Search for citations in Google Scholar
Related articles: Google Scholar
Abstract views:
1152

Views:
PDF
366
APPENDIX
72
HTML
423

Article Metrics

Metrics Loading ...

Metrics powered by PLOS ALM


Copyright (c) 2014 Ana Maria Moreno Londoño, Peter J. Schulz

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
 
© PAGEPress 2008-2017     -     PAGEPress is a registered trademark property of PAGEPress srl, Italy.     -     VAT: IT02125780185