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Health Literacy Videos
Illiteracy in America
(2 1/4 minutes) 2009 ABC Evening News report
Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Helping Patients Understand
(23 1/4 minutes) AMA Foundation video on YouTube
American College of Physicians Foundation Health Literacy video
(6 1/2 minutes)
Methods and Techniques to Improve Spoken & Written Communication
AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Pharmacy Health Literacy Center
AHRQ's Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, Second Edition
from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Maryland. Published in January 2015.
Always Use Teach-Back!
Teaching tools & learning module, with video examples, from the Iowa Health System, Picker Institute, Des Moines University, and Health Literacy Iowa.
Ask Me 3 Campaign
From the National Patient Safety Foundation
Health Literacy subject guide
from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine
Health Literacy Tool Shed
A database of health literacy measures and assessments, hosted by Boston University
Health Literacy Universal Precautions Tools
Tools from the NC Program on Health Literacy.
Tools to Improve Medication Adherence and Accuracy
Describes the MedCard, Pill Charts, and other tools for patients to list their medications for better adherence and accuracy.
From the Iowa Health Collaborative's "Know It, Show It, Tell It" program for medications. In PDF.
Pill Chart form
From the North Carolina Program on Health Literacy. In PDF.
Pill Card template
Customizable in MS Word, from the AHRQ. In HTML.
Key Communications Strategies Poster
Available in MS Word format for 8 1/2 x 11" printing and easy customization.
Links to patient assistance directories.
Language Services Resource Guide for Pharmacists
published in February 2010 by the National Health Law Program with the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations. The specific page for the Commonwealth of Virginia is page 71.
Limited Health Literacy Prevalence Calculator
from Pfizer Inc.
Quick Assessment of Literacy in Primary Care: The Newest Vital Sign
Weiss, BD, Mays, MZ, et al. Annals of Family Medicine. 2005 3 (6).
Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine - Short Form (REALM-SF)
Briefly test your patient's reading ability at the point-of-care.
Teach Back Method Video Tutorials
From the NC Program on Health Literacy.
United States Pharmacopeial Convention's Pictograms
Easy-to-Read Patient Materials
Make Notes & Take Notes worksheet: Helpful Steps to Avoid Medication Errors
MedlinePlus's Easy-to-Read Health Materials
Simply Put: A Guide to Creating Easy-to-Understand Reading Materials
What language does your patient speak?
Test your document's readability and reading level
SMOG, Flesch, Flesch-Kincaid, Fog, Coleman-Liau, and other readability tests.
LaRue Medical Literacy Exercises
Examples of Materials that Allow for Low Health Literacy
Diabetes: Know the Signs
handout from learningaboutdiabetes.org
Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood Clots
brochure from AHRQ
Research on Health Literacy
Health Literacy Research Findings
Recent research identified by Harvard University's School of Public Health.
PubMed Search on Health Literacy
Effect of Content and Format of Prescription Drug Labels on Readability, Understanding, and Medication Use: A Systematic Review
The Annals of Pharmacotherapy, 2007; 41 (5): 783-801.
The Variability and Quality of Medication Container Labels
Archives of Internal Medicine article, 2007;
Health Literacy Kentucky
North Carolina Program on Health Literacy
Ohio Patient Safety Institute
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