Dr Sian K Smith
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr Sian K Smith

Qualifications: BSc Psych (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)

medicine-health
POW Clinical School Operating

Dr Sian Smith currently holds the title of Honorary Research Fellow at the Prince of Wales Clinical School, UNSW, where she previously held an NHMRC Early Career Research Fellowship (2012-2016) and was Deputy Director of the Psychosocial Research Group. In 2016, she permanently relocated back to the UK, but continues her Australian and international research collaborations and student supervision. 

Dr Smith’s research interests centre around health literacy, patient communication and shared health-decision making, with a particular focus on empowering vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations to participate in informed decisions about their health. Over the past 10 years, she has been involved in the development and evaluation of a range of shared decision-making interventions (e.g. decision aid booklets, question prompt lists, adult health literacy programs) for low health literacy populations in both clinical and community settings, including bowel and breast cancer screening, radiation oncology, cancer genetics, cancer and reproductive health, and prenatal genetic testing.

As part of her PhD research she developed the first decision aid relating to bowel cancer screening, for adults with low education and literacy, which increased informed choice in bowel cancer screening (BMJ 2010). Current projects include:  the development of a decision aid to help couples to make informed choices about screening for Down syndrome and other chromosomal conditions during pregnancy; an online fertility-related decision aid for young women with early breast cancer with low health literacy; and a decision aid to help individuals, who have been notified of clinically significant genetic research results, to decide whether to attend genetic counselling at a family cancer centre. Dr Smith has also developed and evaluated a psycho-educational ‘Talking Book’ resource (a booklet with audio-recording) to help patients and their families feel better prepared for radiation therapy treatment.

Her work has been recognised through awards such as the UNSW Medicine Dean's Rising Star Award for contributions to research (2012), and the Translational Cancer Research Network’s Cancer Challenge of the Year Award (2014).

She is the second lead investigator on a large ARC Grant-funded study evaluating the impact of a novel health literacy training intervention delivered within literacy and numeracy programs at TAFE colleges in NSW. She is also co-academic lead of the International Health Literacy Network comprising >200 members worldwide, linking Universities of Auckland, Bristol, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Leeds, Sheffield, Southampton, Sydney, and Washington.http://www.wun.ac.uk/wun/research/view/health-literacy-network.

Broad Research Areas: Health literacy, Doctor-patient communication, Decision-making, Health inequalities, Psychology, Cancer screening, Prenatal screening, Oncology, Radiotherapy, Preventive Medicine

Qualifications: BSc Psych (Hons), PhD (University of Sydney)

Phone
+61 2 9385 0024
Location
Psychosocial Research Group Prince of Wales Clinical School Level 4, C25 Lowy Research Centre University of New South Wales Sydney NSW 2052 Australia

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2012
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KM; Sheridan S; Nutbeam D; Clayman M; Kelly-Blake K; Rovner M; Rovner D; Smith SK; Wolf M, 2012, '2012 Updated Chapter J: Addressing Health Literacy (Original Title: Using Plain Language).', in Nata RV (ed.), Progress in education, v. 18, edn. 1, Nova Science, New York, pp. 1 - 30, http://ipdas.ohri.ca/resources.html
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Yen RW; Smith J; Engel J; Muscat DM; Smith SK; Mancini J; Perestelo-Pérez L; Elwyn G; O’Malley AJ; Leyenaar JAK; Mac O; Cadet T; Giguere A; Housten AJ; Langford A; McCaffery K; Durand MA, 2021, 'A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Patient Decision Aids for Socially Disadvantaged Populations: Update from the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IDPAS)', Medical Decision Making, pp. 272989X211020317, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X211020317
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Willis AM; Smith SK; Meiser B; James PA; Ballinger ML; Thomas DM; Yanes T; Young MA, 2021, 'Influence of lived experience on risk perception among women who received a breast cancer polygenic risk score: ‘Another piece of the pie’', Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 30, pp. 849 - 860, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jgc4.1384
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Smith J; Mac O; Cadet T; Giguere A; Housten AJ; Langford AT; Smith S; Durand MA; McCaffery K, 2021, 'Addressing Health Literacy in Patient Decision Aids: An Update from the International Patient Decision Aid Standards', Medical Decision Making, pp. 272989X211011101, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X211011101
    Journal articles | 2021
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Shaffer VA; Brodney S; Gavaruzzi T; Zisman Ilani Y; Munro S; Smith S; Thomas E; Valentine KD; Bekker HL, 2021, 'Do Personal Stories Make Patient Decision Aids More Effective? An Update from the International Patient Decision Aids Standards', Medical Decision Making, pp. 272989X211011100, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X211011100
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Halkett GKB; Merchant S; Smith SK; O’Connor M; Jefford M; Aranda S; Schofield P, 2020, 'Supporting and preparing patients for radiotherapy: Patients’ and radiation therapists’ perspectives on their one-to-one consultations', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 29, pp. e13284, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.13284
    Journal articles | 2020
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Morony S; Nutbeam D; Ayre J; Shepherd HL; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Hayen A; Luxford K; Meshreky W; McCaffery K, 2020, 'Learners' experience and perceived impact of a health literacy program in adult basic education: A qualitative study', Public Health Research and Practice, vol. 30, http://dx.doi.org/10.17061/phrp29231909
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith-Lickess SK; Woodhead T; Burhouse A; Vasilakis C, 2019, 'Study design and protocol for a comprehensive evaluation of a UK massive open online course (MOOC) on quality improvement in healthcare', BMJ Open, vol. 9, pp. e031973, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031973
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Quinn F; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Gillham C; Craig A, 2019, 'What do radiation therapists know about health literacy and the strategies to improve it for patients? A qualitative study', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, pp. 649 - 657, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4353-4
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Woudstra AJ; Smets EMA; Dekker E; Broens THF; Penning J; Smith S; McCaffery K; Fransen MP, 2019, 'Development and pilot-testing of a colorectal cancer screening decision aid for individuals with varying health literacy levels', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 102, pp. 1847 - 1858, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2019.04.029
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Schnitzler L; Smith SK; Shepherd HL; Shaw JM; Dong S; Turner RM; Sørensen K; Dhillon HM, 2019, 'What information is communicated by radiation therapists to patients during education sessions on the first day of treatment?', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12911
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Morony S; Trevena L; Hayen A; Shepherd HL; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Luxford K; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KJ, 2019, 'Skills for Shared Decision-Making: Evaluation of a Health Literacy Program for Consumers with Lower Literacy Levels.', Health Lit Res Pract, vol. 3, pp. S58 - S74, http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20190408-02
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KJ; Morony S; Muscat DM; Hayen A; Shepherd HL; Dhillon HM; Smith SK; Cvejic E; Meshreky W; Luxford K; Nutbeam D, 2019, 'Evaluation of an Australian Health Literacy Program Delivered in Adult Education Settings.', Health Lit Res Pract, vol. 3, pp. S42 - S57, http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20190402-01
    Journal articles | 2019
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Cabrera-Aguas M; Shaw J; Shepherd H; Naehrig D; Meiser B; Jackson M; Saade G; Bucci J; Halkett GKB; Turner RM; Milross C; Dhillon HM, 2019, 'A low literacy targeted talking book about radiation therapy for cancer: development and acceptability', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 27, pp. 2057 - 2067, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-018-4446-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Halliday JL; Muller C; Charles T; Norris F; Kennedy J; Lewis S; Meiser B; Donath S; Stark Z; McGillivray G; Menezes M; Smith SK; Forster D; Walker S; Pertile M; Amor DJ, 2018, 'Offering pregnant women different levels of genetic information from prenatal chromosome microarray: A prospective study', European Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 26, pp. 485 - 494, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41431-017-0084-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Sublette VA; Smith SK; George J; McCaffery K; Douglas MW, 2018, 'Listening to both sides: A qualitative comparison between patients with hepatitis C and their healthcare professionals’ perceptions of the facilitators and barriers to hepatitis C treatment adherence and completion', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 23, pp. 1720 - 1731, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105316669858
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Fransen MP; Hopman ME; Murugesu L; Rosman AN; Smith SK, 2018, 'Preconception counselling for low health literate women: An exploration of determinants in the Netherlands 11 Medical and Health Sciences 1117 Public Health and Health Services 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences 1701 Psychology', Reproductive Health, vol. 15, pp. 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12978-018-0617-1
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Morony S; Lamph E; Muscat D; Nutbeam D; Dhillon HM; Shepherd H; Smith S; Khan A; Osborne J; Meshreky W; Luxford K; Hayen A; McCaffery KJ, 2018, 'Improving health literacy through adult basic education in Australia', Health Promotion International, vol. 33, pp. 867 - 877, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dax028
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Cai A; Wong M; Sousa MS; Peate M; Welsh A; Bettina M; Kaur R; Halliday J; Lewis S; Trevena L; Yanes T; Barlow-Stewart K; Barclay M, 2018, 'Improving women’s knowledge about prenatal screening in the era of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome – development and acceptability of a low literacy decision aid', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 18, pp. 499, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12884-018-2135-0
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Willis AM; Smith SK; Meiser B; Ballinger ML; Thomas DM; Tattersall M; Young MA, 2018, 'Development and Pilot Testing of a Decision Aid for Genomic Research Participants Notified of Clinically Actionable Research Findings for Cancer Risk', Journal of Genetic Counseling, vol. 27, pp. 1055 - 1066, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10897-018-0223-y
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Kaur R; Meiser B; Yanes T; Young M-A; Barlow-Stewart K; Roscioli T; Smith S; James PA, 2018, 'Development and pilot testing of a leaflet informing women with breast cancer about genomic testing for polygenic risk', Familial Cancer, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10689-018-0104-4
    Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Hedelund Lausen L; Smith SK; Cai A; Meiser B; Yanes T; Ahmad R; Rowlands G, 2018, 'How is health literacy addressed in primary care? Strategies that general practitioners use to support patients', Journal of Communication in Healthcare, vol. 11, pp. 278 - 287, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17538068.2018.1531477
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Rowlands G; Shaw A; Jaswal S; Smith S; Harpham T, 2017, 'Health literacy and the social determinants of health: A qualitative model from adult learners', Health Promotion International, vol. 32, pp. 130 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dav093
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Schnitzler L; Smith SK; Shepherd HL; Shaw J; Dong S; Carpenter DM; Nguyen F; Dhillon HM, 2017, 'Communication during radiation therapy education sessions: The role of medical jargon and emotional support in clarifying patient confusion', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 100, pp. 112 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.08.006
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Sublette VA; Smith SK; George J; McCaffery K; Douglas MW, 2017, 'Listening to both sides: A qualitative comparison between patients with hepatitis C and their healthcare professionals' perceptions of the facilitators and barriers to hepatitis C treatment adherence and completion', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 22, pp. 1300 - 1311, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105315626786
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Peate M; Smith SK; Pye V; Hucker A; Stern C; Stafford L; Oakman C; Chin-Lenn L; Shanahan K; Ratnayake Gamage N; Hickey M, 2017, 'Assessing the usefulness and acceptability of a low health literacy online decision aid about reproductive choices for younger women with breast cancer: The aLLIAnCE pilot study protocol', Pilot and Feasibility Studies, vol. 3, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40814-017-0144-9
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Nathan D; Taylor J; Van Gelder E; Dixon A; Halkett GKB; Milross C; Dhillon HM, 2017, 'Patients' experience of decision-making and receiving information during radiation therapy: A qualitative study', European Journal of Oncology Nursing, vol. 30, pp. 97 - 106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2017.08.007
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Liang R; Meiser B; Smith S; Kasparian NA; Lewis CR; Chin M; Long GV; Ward R; Menzies AM; Harris-Wai JN; Kaur R, 2017, 'Advanced cancer patients’ attitudes towards, and experiences with, screening for somatic mutations in tumours: a qualitative study', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12600
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Morony S; Smith SK; Shepherd HL; Dhillon HM; Hayen A; Trevena L; Luxford K; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KJ, 2017, 'Qualitative insights into the experience of teaching shared decision making within adult education health literacy programmes for lower-literacy learners', Health Expectations, vol. 20, pp. 1393 - 1400, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hex.12580
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Shepherd HL; Nutbeam D; Morony S; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Trevenal L; Hayen A; Luxford K; McCaffery K, 2017, 'Developing Verbal Health Literacy with Adult Learners Through Training in Shared Decision-Making.', Health Lit Res Pract, vol. 1, pp. e257 - e268, http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/24748307-20171208-02
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Willis AM; Smith SK; Meiser B; Ballinger ML; Thomas DM; Young MA, 2017, 'Sociodemographic, psychosocial and clinical factors associated with uptake of genetic counselling for hereditary cancer: a systematic review', Clinical Genetics, vol. 92, pp. 121 - 133, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cge.12868
    Journal articles | 2017
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Rowlands G; Shaw A; Jaswal S; Smith S; Harpham T, 2017, 'Health literacy and the social determinants of health: a qualitative model from adult learners.', Health Promot Int, vol. 32, pp. 130 - 138, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/heapro/dav093
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Sousa MS; Essink-Bot ML; Halliday J; Peate M; Fransen M, 2016, 'Socioeconomic Differences in Informed Decisions About Down Syndrome Screening: A Systematic Review and Research Agenda', Journal of Health Communication, vol. 21, pp. 868 - 907, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10810730.2016.1177145
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Smith S; Dhillon HM; Morony S; Davis EL; Luxford K; Shepherd HL; Hayen A; Comings J; Nutbeam D; McCaffery K, 2016, 'Incorporating health literacy in education for socially disadvantaged adults: An Australian feasibility study', International Journal for Equity in Health, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12939-016-0373-1
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KJ; Morony S; Muscat DM; Smith SK; Shepherd HL; Dhillon HM; Hayen A; Luxford K; Meshreky W; Comings J; Nutbeam D, 2016, 'Evaluation of an Australian health literacy training program for socially disadvantaged adults attending basic education classes: Study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled trial', BMC Public Health, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3034-9
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Shepherd HL; Morony S; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Trevena L; Hayen A; Luxford K; Nutbeam D; McCaffery K, 2016, 'Can adults with low literacy understand shared decision making questions? A qualitative investigation', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 99, pp. 1796 - 1802, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2016.05.008
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Yan B; Milross C; Dhillon HM, 2016, 'Radiation therapy for people with cancer: what do written information materials tell them?', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 25, pp. 675 - 685, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12366
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Sublette VA; Smith SK; George J; McCaffery K; Douglas MW, 2015, 'The Hepatitis C treatment experience: Patients’ perceptions of the facilitators of and barriers to uptake, adherence and completion', Psychology and Health, vol. 30, pp. 987 - 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2015.1012195
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Muscat DM; Morony S; Shepherd HL; Smith SK; Dhillon HM; Trevena L; Hayen A; Luxford K; Nutbeam D; McCaffery K, 2015, 'Development and field testing of a consumer shared decision-making training program for adults with low literacy', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 98, pp. 1180 - 1188, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2015.07.023
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Willis AM; Smith SK; Meiser B; Muller C; Lewis S; Halliday J, 2015, 'How do prospective parents prefer to receive information about prenatal screening and diagnostic testing?', Prenatal Diagnosis, vol. 35, pp. 100 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pd.4493
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Sublette VA; Hopwood M; George J; Smith SK; Perry KN; McCaffery K; Douglas MW, 2015, 'Instrumental support to facilitate hepatitis C treatment adherence: Working around shortfalls in shared-care', Psychology, Health and Medicine, vol. 20, pp. 186 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2014.933852
    Journal articles | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Yan B; Milross C; Dhillon HM, 2015, 'Radiation therapy for people with cancer: What do written information materials tell them?', European Journal of Cancer Care, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12366
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Wyld L; Smith S; Hawkins NJ; Long J; Ward RL, 2014, 'Introducing research initiatives into healthcare: What do doctors think?', Biopreservation and Biobanking, vol. 12, pp. 91 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/bio.2013.0069
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Simpson JM; Trevena LJ; McCaffery KJ, 2014, 'Factors associated with informed decisions and participation in bowel cancer screening among adults with lower education and literacy', Medical Decision Making, vol. 34, pp. 756 - 772, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X13518976
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Sublette VA; Hopwood M; George J; Smith SK; Nicholson Perry K; McCaffery K; Douglas MW, 2014, 'Instrumental support to facilitate hepatitis C treatment adherence: Working around shortfalls in shared-care', Psychology, Health and Medicine, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2014.933852
    Journal articles | 2014
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Dhillon H; Smith SK; Nathan D; Taylor J; Van Gelder E; Halkett G; Dixon A; Milross C, 2014, 'WHAT DO PATIENTS UNDERSTAND ABOUT THE INFORMATION THEY RECEIVE DURING RADIOTHERAPY?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 10, pp. 205 - 206, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000345350900386&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Petrak L; Dhillon H; Taylor J; Milross C, 2013, 'Are radiation oncologists aware of health literacy among people with cancer treated with radiotherapy?', European Journal of Cancer Care, vol. 23, pp. 111 - 120, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecc.12111
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KM, 2013, 'Insights into the concept and measurement of health literacy from a study of shared decisionmaking in a low literacy population', Journal of Health Psychology, vol. 18, pp. 1011 - 1022, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359105312468192
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Zhu Y; Dhillon H; Milross C; Taylor J; Halkett G; Zilliacus E, 2013, 'Supporting people with low health literacy: what role do radiation therapists play?', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 21, pp. 3051 - 3061, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00520-013-1875-7
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Kearney P; Trevena L; Barratt A; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KM, 2013, 'Informed choice in bowel cancer screening: a qualitative study to explore how adults with lower education use decision aids', Health Expectations, vol. EPUB ahead of print, pp. 511 - 522, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2012.00780.x
    Journal articles | 2013
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KJ; Holmes-Rovner M; Smith SK; Rovner D; Nutbeam D; Clayman ML; Kelly-Blake K; Wolf MS; Sheridan SL, 2013, 'Addressing health literacy in patient decision aids', BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, vol. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6947-13-S2-S10
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Barratt A; Trevena L; Simpson JM; Jansen J, 2012, 'A theoretical framework for measuring knowledge in screening decision aid trials', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 89, pp. 330 - 336, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2012.07.009
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KM; Dixon A; Hayen A; Jansen J; Smith SK; Simpson JM, 2012, 'The influence of graphic display format on the interpretations of quantitative risk information among adults with lower education and literacy: a randomised experimental study', Medical Decision Making, vol. 32, pp. 532 - 544, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X11424926
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith S; Petrak L-M; Taylor J; Milross C; Dhillon HM, 2012, 'ARE RADIATION ONCOLOGISTS AWARE OF HEALTH LITERACY AMONGST PEOPLE WITH CANCER TREATED WITH RADIOTHERAPY?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 8, pp. 320 - 320, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000310544400312&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2012
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Dhillon HM; Smith S; Nathan D; Taylor J; Milross C, 2012, 'WHAT ARE PEOPLE WITH CANCER ARE TOLD ABOUT RADIOTHERAPY AND HOW DO THEY PERCEIVE IT?', ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, vol. 8, pp. 320 - 321, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000310544400313&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Von Wagner C, 2011, 'A decision aid to support informed choice about bowel cancer screening in people with low educational level improves knowledge but reduces screening uptake', Evidence-Based Nursing, vol. 14, pp. 36 - 37, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/ebn1142
    Journal articles | 2011
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KM; Smith SK; Shepherd H; Sze M; Dhillon H; Jansen J; Juraskova I; Butow P; Trevena L; Carey K; Tattersall M; Barratt A, 2011, 'Shared decision making in Australia', Zeitschrift fuer Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitaet im Gesundheitswesen - German Journal for Evidence and Quality in Health Care, vol. 105, pp. 234 - 239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.zefq.2011.04.010
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Trevena L; Simpson JM; Barratt A; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KM, 2010, 'A decision aid to support informed choices about bowel cancer screening among adults with low education: randomised controlled trial', BMJ, vol. 341, pp. 977, http://dx.doi.org/10.1336/bmj.c5370
    Journal articles | 2010
    Dr Sian K Smith
    McCaffery KM; Smith SK; Wolf M, 2010, 'The challenge of shared decision making among patients with lower literacy: A framework for research and development', Medical Decision Making, vol. 30, pp. 35 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0272989X09342279
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Trevena L; Barratt A; Nutbeam D; Simpson JM; McCaffery KM, 2009, 'Development and preliminary evaluation of a bowel cancer screening decision aid for adults with lower literacy', Patient Education and Counseling, vol. 75, pp. 358 - 367, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pec.2009.01.012
    Journal articles | 2009
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Dixon A; Trevena L; Nutbeam D; McCaffery KM, 2009, 'Exploring patient involvement in healthcare decision-making across different education and functional health literacy groups', Social Science and Medicine, vol. 69, pp. 1805 - 1812, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2009.09.056
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Trevena L; Nutbeam D; Barratt A; McCaffery KJ, 2008, 'Information needs and preferences of low and high literacy consumers for decisions about colorectal cancer screening: Utilizing a linguistic model', Health Expectations, vol. 11, pp. 123 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2008.00489.x
    Journal articles | 2008
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Trevena L; Nutbeam D; Barratt A; McCaffery KM, 2008, 'Information needs and preferences of low and high literacy consumers for decisions about colorectal cancer screening: utilizing a linguistic model', Health Expectations, vol. 11, pp. 123 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1369-7625.2008.00489
    Journal articles | 2007
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; McCaffery KM; Trevena L, 2007, 'Using decision aids to facilitate informed health care decision-making among adults with low literacy: the case of bowel cancer screening', Health Issues, pp. 28 - 32
  • Conference Papers | 2016
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Dhillon HM; Smith SK; Stefanic N; Turner R; Naehrig D; Shepherd HL; Halkett GK; Shaw J, 2016, 'PILOT-TESTING THE FEASIBILITY AND ACCEPTABILITY OF A RADIATION THERAPY TALKING BOOK', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 107 - 107, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000387769900137&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2015
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Smith SK; Aguas MC; Shaw J; Shepherd H; Halkett G; Dhillon HM, 2015, 'DEVELOPMENT AND ACCEPTABILITY OF A RADIATION THERAPY TALKING BOOK FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW HEALTH LITERACY', in Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology, WILEY-BLACKWELL, Vol. 11, pp. 107 - 108, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000364320800137&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Dr Sian K Smith
    Kok A; Smith SK; Milross C; Halkett G; Dhillon HM, 2014, 'PATIENTS WITH LOWER HEALTH LITERACY IN RADIATION ONCOLOGY: A NURSING PERSPECTIVE', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY-BLACKWELL, pp. 148 - 148, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000345350900220&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Awards

Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Research Fellowship (Public Health) - January 2012 - June 2016 

Cancer Challenge of the Year Award 2014, Translational Cancer Research Network – a cancer research program funded by the Cancer Institute NSW

UNSW Female Career Enhancement Fund Award (2014)

UNSW Vice-Chancellors Childcare Support Award (2014)

UNSW Dean’s Rising Star Award for significant contributions to research (2012).

Young Research Investigator Award: European Association for Healthcare Communication (2010).

 

                                               

                                               

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