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Can Patients Understand and Act on the Information Provided on Your Website? Or EHR?

November 15, 2012 by Christina Thielst

...the information on 95 percent of prostate cancer websites is over the heads of their readers. Of 62 websites surveyed, only three had treatment information written below a ninth grade reading level, the study said. Sites aimed for the reading level of a high school senior are far beyond the reading skills of many Americans.[read more]

More Health & Science Literacy, Please

November 8, 2012 by Conor McKechnie

I was fortunate enough to be part of a workshop today looking at the issues around broadening the adoption of genomics in the health system in the UK. As a well-informed layperson, the opportunity to hear from so many experts in the field, from clinical geneticists to public health professionals and health policy experts was a rare treat. Three things stuck out for me:[read more]

Using Technology to Promote Health Literacy

November 7, 2012 by Aniruddha Malpani

Multimedia is a catch-all phrase for “alternatives to text.” As we discussed in previous chapters, the exclusive reliance on text – either printed or spoken – is often at the heart of health illiteracy. Multimedia provides other avenues for presenting information through the use of photographs, illustrations, animation, video, and interactive learning environments that invite rather than discourage people with literacy or language issues to learn.[read more]

Does Anyone Even Understand What’s on Your Hospital Website?

October 31, 2012 by Michael Sherman

According to a recent study, the information on 95 percent of prostate cancer websites is over the heads of their readers. Of 62 websites surveyed, only three had treatment information written below a ninth grade reading level, the study said.[read more]

Health Literacy Resources

October 30, 2012 by Christina Thielst

Check below for some good resources on Health Literacy![read more]

Creating Effective Partnerships With Patients

October 30, 2012 by Aniruddha Malpani

Look at your clinic through your patient’s eyes by putting yourself in their shoes. Imagine you have poor literacy skills and have difficulty understanding maps, forms and schedules. You find long words and technical explanations intimidating. You are ill; scared of doctors; and are worried about how much the treatment is going to cost. As a patient coming into your clinic, what would your experience be like?[read more]

Promoting Health Literacy to Put Patients First

October 23, 2012 by Aniruddha Malpani

What is Health Literacy? An Overview. Shreya is an illiterate 30-year old mother. When Shreya’s 4-year old daughter developed earache and fever because of otitis media, her doctor prescribed her an antibiotic, in the form of a syrup. Shreya promptly poured the medicine in her daughter’s painful ear.[read more]

How A Low Literate Adult Experiences the Healthcare System

September 24, 2012 by Gary Levin
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Health literacy refers to an individual's capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions and follow instructions for treatment. It is a shared responsibility, meaning both the patient and the healthcare provider must communicate in ways that the other can understand.[read more]

Newly Released: A Health Literacy Manifesto

July 9, 2012 by Alexandra Bornkessel

Good news: The Center for Disease Control’s blog, Bridging the Health Literacy Gap, is back. In its come-back post, Dr. Cynthia Bauer highlights a recent contribution to the health literacy field, a publication issued by the Institutes of Medicine titled “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations.” In some ways, it’s a health literacy manifesto for organizations of all types.[read more]

Are You Health Literate?

July 4, 2012 by Jonathan Govette

The government is starting to do its part and some healthcare providers are as well. But, remember, you too can make sure that you understand the health information you are given. If you don’t understand, ASK someone to explain it more simply. Remember you are not alone – nine (9) out of ten (10) people have a HARD time! And if they tell you and you still don’t understand; don’t be embarrassed to ask AGAIN.[read more]

Math Matters: Dosing Errors Can Be Deadly

May 1, 2012 by Liz Seegert

In this study of parents with children under age 8, those with third grade math skills or below were five times more likely to measure the wrong dose of medication for their child than those with skills at the sixth grade level or higher.[read more]

Health Literacy Resources for Pharmacies

February 26, 2012 by Christina Thielst

The AHRQ has released resources to help hospitals address Pharmacy Health Literacy; the degree to which individuals are able to obtain, process, and understand basic health and medication information and pharmacy services needed to make appropriate health decisions.[read more]