Helen Osborne - Making numbers make sense

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Presented by Helen Osborne, MEd, OTR/L, on September 6, 2012 at the third annual Center for Health Literacy Conference: Plain Talk in Complex Times.

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Helen Osborne - Making numbers make sense

  1. 1. Making Number Make Sense:Exploring Strategies to Convey Quantity, Time, and Risk Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L Health Literacy Consulting www.healthliteracy.com
  2. 2. “Mrs. Jones is on a modified diet and must restrict her intake of both sweet and salted foods. She takes six different medications, each with its own dosing schedule. She needs to monitor and record how she feels each day and notify her providers when there are significant changes in her health. She also needs to make and keep numerous outpatient appointments and prepare for an ongoing battery of medical tests.”What numeracy tasks do we expect that Mrs. Jones can, and will correctly, do?
  3. 3. “Mrs. Jones is on a modified diet and must restricther intake of both sweet and salted foods. Shetakes six different medications, each with its owndosing schedule. She needs to monitor and recordhow she feels each day and notify her providerswhen there are significant changes in her health.She also needs to make and keep numerousoutpatient appointments and prepare for anongoing battery of medical tests.”
  4. 4. Quantity & Calculations
  5. 5. Visual Comparisons http://www.sugarstacks.com/
  6. 6. Portions: About the Size of… 1 oz. meat Matchbox 3 oz. meat Deck of cards or soap bar 8 oz. meat Thin paperback book 1 oz. cheese 4 dice Medium potato Computer mouse2 Tbs. peanut butter Ping pong ball ½ cup pasta Tennis ball Average bagel Hockey puck http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_3_2x_Portion_Control.asp
  7. 7. Wong Baker Faces Pain Scalehttp://www.painknowledge.org/physiciantools/opioid_toolkit/components/Wong-Baker_Scale.pdf
  8. 8. DoloTest: Providing a clear picture of pain www.dolotest.com
  9. 9. 100 + 100.2 + 102 =
  10. 10. 100 100.2+102
  11. 11. <>≠ ± ÷ ∗
  12. 12. Time
  13. 13. Analog or Digital?
  14. 14. AHRQ’s Pill Card Templatehttp://www.ahrq.gov/qual/pillcard/pillcard.htm#Template
  15. 15. Passage of time
  16. 16. Risk & Comparative Data
  17. 17. “Pie” chart
  18. 18. “Doughnut” chart
  19. 19. www.mhqp.org
  20. 20. To learn more:• helen@healthliteracy.com• www.healthliteracy.com• www.healthliteracyoutloud.com

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