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Health Literacy Resources: Using Plain Language

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Patient education materials online
Web sites
Articles and booklets online
Books and videos at Treadwell Library
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Patient education materials online

  • JAMA Patient Page The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides the full text of the journal's patient education handouts, many in Spanish as well as English.
  • MedlinePlus Easy-to-Read (National Library of Medicine) includes patient education handouts, many in Spanish as well as English. Also, see MedlinePlus Interactive Tutorials, health education materials describing conditions and procedures in plain language with animated graphics and audio. (Flash plug-in, version 6, is available for free download at the site.)
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Web sites

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Articles and booklets online

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Selected books and videos at Treadwell Library

  • Assessing the nation's health literacy : key concepts and findings of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) (2008)
  • Don't make me think! A common sense approach to web usability/ S. Krug; New Riders Publishing (2000)
  • Health literacy from A to Z: practical ways to communicate your health message/H. Osborne; Jones and Bartlett (2005)
  • Health literacy in primary care : a clinician's guide / Gloria G. Mayer and Michael Villaire ; with a foreword by Albert E. Barnett (2007)
  • Health literacy [kit with video and cd]: help your patients understand/ American Medical Association (2003)
  • Health literacy: a prescription to end confusion/L. Nielsen-Bohlman, A. Panzer, and D. Kindig, ed; Committee on Health Literacy, Board of Neuroscience and Behavioral Health (2004)
  • Plain language pediatrics : health literacy strategies and communication resources for common pediatric topics (2009)
  • Understanding health literacy: implications for medicine and public health (2005)
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Training

Revised June, 2010. This page maintained by Deborah Jameson.
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