"We have been very pleased with HLM’s Plain Language Review of a series of patient education materials we had prepared on heart failure." - Jane Crigler, Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City
“Excellent tips from UC Berkeley on what #healthliteracy is, how to format docs and what words may cause confusion: http://t.co/HxlDL5T12L”
“Germs! Where do they come from? (hint: everywhere). Thanks to @PediAfterHours for the infographic! http://t.co/AGTEWuYxV9”
“Poor #healthliteracy is "a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, employment status, education level, and race”.”
“Daily inspiration: http://t.co/TEHociBKzL”
“How do you feel about this: As #healthliteracy continues to gain momentum in healthcare, do you believe it will receive corporate backlash?”
“Healthcare spending in the U.S. is about 18% of GDP, about twice as much as other developed countries. http://t.co/t4l7IxYCvF”
“What do you notice health care providers do to make information more easily accessible and understandable?”
“A simple tip for patient-friendly material? Don't overwhelm your audience with too much info. It can distract from the main goal. #healthlit”
“A simple tip for patient-friendly material? Get your reader to interact with the content, such as with a nutritional chart. #healthliteracy”
“A Missouri view on race/ethnicity, #healthliteracy, and why the problem occurs, via @stlbeacon : http://t.co/RYcDVsALDT”
How can I better communicate with my patients?
Learn about health literacy in Missouri
Develop health materials for older adults
Collaborate with health professionals
Share resources with patients
Questions are the answer
How can I better communicate with my health care provider?
Know what questions to ask
Try ‘Teach back’
Find the best treatment option
Keep a personal health record
Follow this checklist
HEALTH TiPS for patients
What are the best plain language tools and resources?
Plain language guidelines
Plain language medical dictionary
Tools for deciphering medical terms
Center for Plain Language
Guide for creating materials
Guide for developing websites
Are there toolkits I can use in my practice?
Health literacy for primary care practices
Patient safety at the point of care
Informed consent in research
AMA's health literacy video
Program for readability in science and medicine
How can I improve cultural competency in my practice?
Overview of health literacy and cultural competency
Information about immigrant and refugee groups
Health information in specific languages
Resources to promote cultural competency in health care
How do I help my employees or clients understand their health insurance plans?
Consumers' difficulties selecting health plans
Measuring health insurance literacy: A call to action
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