A Health Literacy Toolkit for Better Patient Care

Health Literacy: “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”  Healthy People 2010

When it comes to understanding health information, low health literacy can compromise outcomes and patient safety. Miner Library has assembled a Health Literacy Toolkit to help providers assess patient health literacy and create understandable, easy-to-read patient health literature. (You’ll find the Toolkit under “Selected Topics” on Miner’s home page.)

Here’s a sampling of some of the tools in our kit:

♦ Guides for creating easy-to-understand health materials from MedlinePlus, the CDC, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute on Aging.

♦ Tips on writing and designing pill cards and consent forms.

♦ A pictogram database of free, standardized images to convey medication instructions and precautions.

♦ A plain language thesaurus for HIPAA privacy notices.

♦ Tools for measuring reading levels.

♦ A Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit for adult and pediatric practices.

We hope you’ll find these resources helpful. Let us know what you think!

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