Health literacy profiling in persons with psoriasis – A cluster analysis
Peer reviewed, Journal article
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Original versionSkin Health and Disease. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/ski2.17
Objective:To explore health literacy (HL) profiles within a cohort of people with psoriasis. A cluster approach identifies groups of individuals that have similar HL profiles. The method unmasks sub-groups with particular HL strengths, or subgroups with limitations, which require tailored healthcare services to improve. Methods:A cross-sectional sample of 792 patients from the Norwegian Climate Helio Therapy Programme in Gran Canaria participated. The HL questionnaire assessed nine HL dimensions. Using Ward's Hierarchical Clustering Method (Stata version 16), we looked for subgroups of patients across the dimensions. We also explored whether these clusters had specific demographic features and associations to outcomes such as psoriasis knowledge, quality of life and self-management capacity. Result:The analysis revealed four unique clusters identifying clinically meaningful subgroups. Two groups stood out as especially interesting. One cluster representing 26.6% of the sample presented severe HL limitations associated with lower psoriasis knowledge, quality of life, self-management and self-efficacy. HL domains connected to cooperation with healthcare professionals showed deficient scores. The other cluster included a smaller percentage (7.7%) with high HL compared to the total sample. This cluster was associated with higher self-management, quality of life and better self-efficacy. Conclusion:The cluster analysis revealed substantial differences in HL profiles within the sample. These results support the importance of a holistic understanding of the HL needs and the vulnerabilities within a psoriasis cohort. Implementing one size fits all approaches, may not be sufficient in psoriasis context to target HL.