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Health Literacy Resources

Posted Oct 29 2012 12:00am

I recently looked for some reference materials on health literacy and came across the documents listed below.  Each had some valueable information or insight into health literacy and the impact on patient safety and outcomes.  Hopefully, a few of my readers will also find value in these resources.

The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers: Making Your Healthcare Facility Literacy-Friendly, (2006)

What_Did_the_Doctor_Say?  Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety , Joint Commission, 2007

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit , AHRQ 2012 

Is Our Pharmacy Meeting Patients' Needs? Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool User's Guide , AHRQ, 2007  (prior post with interesting data) Medication Labeling Project ACP

A while back I also shared a video from the Am College of Physicians about the impact that literacy has on health costs.  I believe today's emerging technologies offer opportunities to overcome the challenges of health literacy and can help us improve outcomes and manage costs.

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