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Seems simple enough, right? But the results speak to the difficulty that people at ALL literacy levels can encounter with even a basic health-related task
Low literacy skills have negative implications on healthNegative implications include:Less effective communications between patients and healthcare providersLess self-efficacy in disease managementMore chronic disease
How are you choosing materials to use? Why? Are they reliable?
Patients should be encouraged to ask their providers these three simple but essential questions in every health care interaction.Likewise, providers should always encourage their patients to understand the answers to these three questions.
Can also consider teaching your learner’s how to use the form to judge the reliability of a resource
Applying a Health Literacy Lens to Learning Materials
Applying a Health Literacy Lensto Learning MaterialsErika Heiges, MPH, CHESPresentation to the 28th Annual Florida Literacy ConferenceMay 11, 2012
Session Objectives 1. Attendees will learn about the core principles of health literacy and ways to apply the principles when selecting (or developing) materials for literacy education. 2. Attendees will learn about A Guide to Reviewing Materials for Reliability and Health Literacy and ways to use it when selecting (or developing) materials for literacy education. 2
Agenda Introduction Health Literacy ‒ Definition ‒ Impact ‒ Principles Health Literacy and Adult Literacy ‒ Health literacy and adult education ‒ Involving learners: Ask Me 3 ‒ Selecting materials for use Evaluating Materials Exercise 3
ResourcesHealth Literacy National Institutes of Health: Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/ HealthEd’s Health Literacy Quiz http://healthed.com/news-and-views/health- literacy.aspx AskMe3TM http://www.npsf.org/for-healthcare-professionals/programs/ask-me- 3/DISCERN Instrument http://www.discern.org.uk/discern_instrument.phpSources of Health Information for Adult Learners MedlinePlus (U.S. National Library of Medicine) http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) http://www.ahrq.gov/ Healthy Roads Media http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/ 32
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