The Concept of Occupational Health Literacy and its Applicability to Musicians

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Musicians are a population with chronic occupational health issues and, while the few musicians’ health promotion programs that do exist achieve positive outcomes, there remains little consistency in health education and consequent health behaviors in music populations. Poor health-promoting behaviors and health outcomes in musicians have long been evident. Public health literature indicates that adults with lower health literacy are less likely to engage in health-promoting behaviors or show improvements in response to health interventions than individuals with higher health literacy. Greater understanding of the factors that influence musicians’ health literacy is needed in order to improve health outcomes and ensure the effectiveness of health-promoting strategies. How to investigate and measure musicians’ health literacy, including context-specific aspects, is a new frontier in performing arts medicine. This presentation discussed musicians’ occupational health literacy and the development of a customised health literacy assessment tool to better understand how musicians’ health literacy influences musicians’ health behaviours.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2021
EventPerforming Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium - New York-Online, New York, United States
Duration: 24 Jun 202127 Jun 2021
Conference number: 39th


ConferencePerforming Arts Medicine Association Annual Symposium
Abbreviated titlePAMA 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York


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