The Ophelia Approach

The Ophelia Approach is a system that supports the identification of community health literacy needs, and the development and testing of potential solutions.

The Ophelia approach

The Ophelia Approach involves the collaboration of a wide range of community members, community leaders, and workers to develop health literacy interventions that are based on needs identified within a community. Each Ophelia project seeks to improve health and equity by increasing the availability and accessibility of health information and services in locally-appropriate ways.

Batterham RW, Buchbinder R, Beauchamp A, Dodson S, Elsworth GR and Osborne RH. The OPtimising HEalth LIterAcy (Ophelia) process: study protocol for using health literacy profiling and community engagement to create and implement health reform. BMC Public Health 2014, 14:694

The Ophelia phases: 1 to 3

Each phase of the Ophelia process is drawn from three well-established methodological approaches: intervention mapping, quality improvement collaboratives, and realist synthesis. Tools and resources have been developed to support implementation of each phase.

The Ophelia phases

The Ophelia principles

The Ophelia principles guide Ophelia projects and ensure that, at each phase, the potential to improve health and equity through health literacy responses is optimised.

The Ophelia principles
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