ERIC Number: EJ1133510
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
Searching and Dealing, Confirmation and Feeling--Participants' Approaches to Learning in a Health Education Setting
Førland, Georg; Silèn, Charlotte; Eriksson, Monica; Ringsberg, Karin C.
Health Education Journal, v76 n3 p326-336 Apr 2017
Objective: Health care is far from reaching the goal of people being part of their own care, and research is lacking on how to understand their perspective. This study explores people's intentions with the act of learning before attending a health education programme at a Learning and Mastery Centre (LMC) in Norway. The aim of this study was to understand participants' learning strategies for learning about their own health care in a health education setting. Methods: Data were collected through five group interviews and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Findings revealed that participants' intentions of how and what to learn were influenced by their life experiences and interactions with the health care system. Three main categories of experience emerged: (1) sharing experiences, (2) second opinion and (3) capturing the news, brought together under the comprehensive theme: searching and dealing, confirmation and feeling, which reflects the underlying meaning of the categories. Conclusion: Results encourage us to see learning as an active construction process underpinned by health literacy, including both people's competencies and the health care system. If LMCs and similar health education initiatives are to make an important contribution to improving people's health literacy, significant attention should be given in the planning and implementation of initiatives.
Descriptors: Health Education, Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Content Analysis, Data Collection, Health Services, Health Promotion, Semi Structured Interviews, Diseases, Information Literacy, Health Materials
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Norway