Health Literacy

Health Literacy: Developing health information for low-literacy individuals or communities, especially those where limited English proficiency is a concern.

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Surgeon General's Workshop on Improving Health Literacy

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On September 7, 2006, acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu held a Surgeon General's Workshop on Improving Health Literacy. The goal of the workshop was to present the state of the science in the field of health literacy from a variety of perspectives, including those of health care organizations and providers, the research community, and educators.

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Sample Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy

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This webpage provides a sample Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy for a fictional organization — ABC Community Health Center.  The plan can be used as a guide for national, state, county, and community health organizations committed to improving health literacy.  The sample plan includes both action steps and specific measurable objectives to be used for evaluation.

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Plain Language: A Promising Strategy for Clearly Communicating Health Information and Improving Health Literacy

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This online issue brief describes why plain language is a promising strategy for clearly communicating health information and improving health literacy.

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National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Health Literacy

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This NNLM website provides an overview of health literacy and the impact of low health literacy. It also outlines the role of the consumer health librarian in developing easy-to-read materials and access to technology to support patients with low health literacy. Lastly, the website provides links to other health literacy resources.

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Medline Plus: Health Literacy Webpage

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This webpage provides an overview of health literacy and a comprehensive list of resources on health literacy for both health care professionals and patients. Resources include tutorials for patients on improving health literacy, journal articles on health literacy, glossaries of common health terms, statistics on health literacy, and guides for children and seniors.

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Limited English Proficiency: A Federal Interagency Webpage

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LEP.gov promotes a positive and cooperative understanding of the importance of language access to federally conducted and federally assisted programs. This website supports fair, reasoned and consistent implementation of Executive Order 13166, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of1964, and the Title VI regulations regarding language access.

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Literacy Assessment Instruments

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This website lists and provides links to several of the health literacy assessment tools most commonly applied by researchers and clinical personnel in gauging patient-participant health literacy levels. The tools listed include the ABLE, LAD, NVS, NLS, REALD, REALM, REALM-R, SAHLSA, SILS, Slosson Oral Reading Test, TABLE, TOFHLA, and WRAT.

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Improving Patient Safety Through Informed Consent for Patients with Limited Health Literacy

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This report contains a synthesis of the key barriers encountered and lessons learned by providers that adopted the NQF-endorsed voluntary consensus standard for informed consent, Safe Practice 10, including detailed evaluations of the experiences and perspectives of the early adopters, pilot adopter, and non-adopters.

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Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion

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This report provides an overview on the importance of increasing health literacy and makes recommendations for how health care systems can increase health literacy nationally.

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Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand Education Kit

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This toolkit can serve as a tool for informing physicians, health care professionals and patient advocates about health literacy. The health literacy kit includes two instructional videos and an in-depth manual for clinicians.

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