Health Literacy: Additional AHRQ and HHS Resources

 

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 Contents

For Patients and Consumers
For Health Care Professionals
For Policymakers
Research and Data
Funding and Grants
 

Patient and Consumer Resources

Audio and Video
Advice Column — Resources to Help You Stay Healthy in the New Year
Friday, December 14, 2012
As the New Year gets closer, it’s a good time to think about how to stay healthy in 2013.  

Podcast: Understanding Your Health Information
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
What you can do to reduce your health risks.  

Podcast: Health Literacy
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, hospitals, and the patient play a key role in understanding and using health information.  

Feature: The Latest AHRQ Data Shows a Decline in Ischemic Strokes
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Ischemic strokes caused by blocked blood flow to the brain are on the decline.
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Feature: Genetic Testing Needs to be Better Monitored
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Genetic testing is growing in popularity but are these tests really helpful?
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Feature: Training Geared to Improve Clinician Teamwork

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
TeamSTEPPS is a training program designed to improve communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.
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Feature: Consumer Tips for Choosing a Hospital

Wednesday, June 18, 2008
People often have a choice of where they get their hospital care. But how do you pick the right hospital for you?
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Feature: Tools Designed to Help Pharmacists Communicate Better with Patients

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
A look at how pharmacists are promoting patient health literacy.
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Radiocast: Comparing Blood Pressure Medications
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Which type of medication is better at controlling high blood pressure

 

Other Patient and Consumer Resources

FDA.gov Understanding Over-the-Counter Medicines

Healthfinder.gov

MedlinePlus Easy to Ready

MedlinePlus Health Information in Multiple Languages

Easyread.drugabuse.gov

 

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Health Care Professional Resources

Clinicians & Providers

CAHPS® Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy (assessment of organizational health literacy

Web M&M: Lethal Cap

Web M&M: Language Barrier

CMS Written Materials Toolkit/

HRSA Health Literacy

Health.gov Health Literacy 

AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange

AHRQ Pharmacy Health Literacy Center

 

Hospitals & Health System Resources

About the CAHPS Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy

Accessible Health Information Technology (IT) for Populations with Limited Literacy: A Guide for Developers and Purchasers of Health IT

CMS Written Materials Toolkit

HRSA Health Literacy

NIH Health Literacy

Health.gov Health Literacy 
 

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Policymaker Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/healthmarketing/healthliteracy/

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Go to: http://www.cms.gov/WrittenMaterialsToolkit/

Consumer Health: Health Literacy.
Go to: http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html

Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency.
Go to: http://www.lep.gov/

Food and Drug Administration: Medicines in My Home.
Go to: http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm092139.htm

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Health Literacy.
Go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthliteracy/

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Cultural Competence Resources for Health Care Providers.
Go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/culturalcompetence/

healthfinder.gov.
Go to: http://www.healthfinder.gov/default.aspx

MedlinePlus: Easy-to-Read.
Go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/easytoread/easytoread_a.html

MedlinePlus: Health Information in Multiple Languages
Go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/languages/languages.html

MedlinePlus: Health Literacy
Go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthliteracy.html

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA): Easy-to-Read Drug Facts.
Go to: http://www.easyread.drugabuse.gov

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Clear Communication: An NIH Health Literacy Initiative.
Go to: http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Current Bibliographies in Medicine 2004-1. Understanding Health Literacy and Its Barriers.
Go to: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/cbm/healthliteracybarriers.html

National Library of Medicine (NLM) Consumer Health Literacy
Go to: http://nnlm.gov/outreach/consumer/hlthlit.html 

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Health Literacy Improvement.
Go to: http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/default.htm  

          http://www.health.gov/communication/HLActionPlan/

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Health Literacy Online Guide.
Go to: http://www.health.gov/healthliteracyonline

Office of Minority Health: The Center for Linguistic and Cultural Competence in Health Care.
Go to: http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/browse.aspx?lvl=1&lvlID=3

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce. Healthy People 2010. Goal 11: Health Communication.
Go to: http://phpartners.org/hp/health_comm.html

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Improvement of Health Literacy. In Communicating Health: Priorities and Strategies for Progress (2003).
Go to: http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/projects/healthcomm/objective2.htm

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Scope of the Problem: Health Literacy. In Prevention: A Blueprint for Action (2004).
Go to: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/blueprint/scope.shtml#literacy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Health Communication and Health Information Technology.
Go to: http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/overview.aspx?topicid=18  

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Research and Data

CAHPS® Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy (assessment of organizational health literacy) 
(http://cahps.ahrq.gov/clinician_group/)

About the CAHPS Item Set for Addressing Health Literacy

Advances in Patient Safety - Volume 2 - Schillinger [ PDF file - 526.07 KB]

Advances in Patient Safety - Volume 1 - Schillinger [ PDF file - 253.28 KB]

Volume 4 - Miranda [ PDF file - 170.94 KB]

 

Literacy and Health Outcomes (AHRQ Archives)

Articles of Interest Alert, February 10, 2012:
New federal policy initiatives to boost health literacy can help the nation move beyond the cycle of costly 'crisis care'

Articles of Interest Alert, February 3, 2012:
Accuracy of data entry of patient race/ethnicity/ancestry and preferred spoken language in an ambulatory care setting
Health literacy: why is it important?

Articles of Interest Alert, January 27, 2012:
Attributes of a health literate organization

Articles of Interest Alert, December 9, 2011:
Communication strategies to improve HIV treatment adherence
Low health literacy

Articles of Interest Alert, December 2, 2011:
Health literacy and depression in the context of home visitation

Articles of Interest Alert, November 18, 2011:
Expert communication training for providers in community health centers

Articles of Interest Alert, October 28, 2011:
How to get patients to ask—and doctors to listen. When patients ask questions, their health improves 
Internet health information seeking behavior and antiretroviral adherence in persons living with HIV/AIDS
Patient-centred communication: a sophisticated procedure
Culturally sensitive collaborative care models: exploration of a community-based health center
Does your patient really understand? Cut jargon, ask direct questions, simplify signage among the ways to aid communication—and care
Bridging the digital divide in health care: the role of health information technology in addressing racial and ethnic disparities

Articles of Interest Alert, October 7, 2011:
Development and validation of a Spanish diabetes-specific numeracy measure: DNT-15 Latino

Articles of Interest Alert, September 16, 2011:
Caring for patients with limited health literacy: a 76-year-old man with multiple medical problems

Articles of Interest Alert, July 29, 2011:
Critical health literacy: A review and critical analysis

Articles of Interest Alert, June 3, 2011:
Effectiveness of a Web-based colorectal cancer screening patient decision aid: a randomized controlled trial in a mixed-literacy population

Articles of Interest Alert, May 20, 2011:
Health literacy: critical opportunities for social work leadership in health care and research

Articles of Interest Alert, April 1, 2011:
Critical appraisal of health literacy indices revealed variable underlying constructs, narrow content and psychometric weaknesses

Articles of Interest Alert, March 19, 2010:
Health literacy instrument in family medicine: the "newest vital sign" ease of use and correlates

Articles of Interest Alert, March 12, 2010:
Consumer and health literacy: The need to better design tobacco-cessation product packaging, labels, and inserts

Articles of Interest Alert, March 5, 2010:
Have you thought about your patients' health literacy today?
Decision-making role preferences among patients with HIV: associations with patient and provider characteristics and communication behaviors
Results of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) study: an analysis of medication reconciliation errors and risk factors at hospital admission
Caregiving and chronic care: the guided care program for families and friends

Articles of Interest Alert, February 19, 2010:
Health literacy in the context of HIV treatment: introducing the Brief Estimate of Health Knowledge and Action

Articles of Interest Alert, February 12, 2010:
The impact of health literacy on self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with diabetes receiving care in an inner-city hospital

Articles of Interest Alert, January 29, 2010:
The challenge of shared decision making among patients with lower literacy: a framework for research and development

Articles of Interest Alert, December 11, 2009:
The role of culture in health literacy and chronic disease screening and management

Articles of Interest Alert, December 4, 2009:
The impact of patients' participation on physicians' patient-centered communication
Health literacy rates in a sample of active duty military personnel

Articles of Interest Alert, November 13, 2009:
Health literacy and children: recommendations for action
Introduction: Child health disparities and health literacy
Health literacy and child health outcomes: a systematic review of the literature
Health literacy and quality: focus on chronic illness care and patient safety
Literacy and learning in health care
The health literacy of parents in the United States: a nationally representative study

Articles of Interest Alert, September 11, 2009:
An evaluation of the relationship between the implementation of a newly designed prescription drug label at target pharmacies and health outcomes

Articles of Interest Alert, April 18, 2008:
Association between cancer risk perception and screening behavior among diverse women
Language and regional differences in evaluations of Medicare managed care by Hispanics

Articles of Interest Alert, October 26, 2007:
Health literacy: An overlooked factor in understanding HIV health disparities

Articles of Interest Alert, November 24, 2006:
When do older adults turn to the Internet for health information? Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
Do content and format affect older consumers use of comparative information in a Medicare health plan choice? Results from a controlled experiment

Articles of Interest Alert, November 17, 2006:
Cancer communication patterns and the influence of patient characteristics: disparities in information-giving and affective behaviors
Health literacy is a predictor of HIV/AIDS knowledge

Articles of Interest Alert, February 10, 2006:
Public education and cancer control

Articles of Interest Alert, February 3, 2006:
Women's views of prenatal violence screening: acceptability and confidentiality issues
Literacy and knowledge, attitudes, and behavior about colorectal cancer screening

Articles of Interest Alert, January 6, 2006:
The value of experience: differences in knowledge among Medicare beneficiaries

Health Literacy Improvement Resources from Patient Safety Network

Informed Consent 
Resources from Patient Safety Network

http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/#reports
 

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Funding and Grants

Funding Opportunities

AHRQ Health Services Research (R01)

AHRQ Health Services Research Demonstration and Dissemination Grants (R18)

AHRQ Conference Grant Program (R13)

Adaptation of Consumer Guides for Patients with Low Health

Engaging Parents with Low Health Literacy in Designing Hospital Public Reports

Low-Literacy Populations

Using IT for Patient-Centered Communication and Decision Making about Medications
Assessing Anticoagulation Therapy Management Services
Low Maternal Health Literacy: An Obstacle to Pediatric Health Care Utilitzation
Collaborative Management of Indigent Diabetic Patients
Hospital Patient Safe-D(ischarge): A Discharge Bundle for Patients
Improving Diabetes Efforts across Language and Literacy 
Patient-Centeredness in Care of Vulnerable Populations
Working with the Urban Underserved in the UCSF CRN

Information Technology

Conversational IT for Better, Safer Pediatric Primary Care
Tailored DVD to Improve Medication Management for Low Literate Elderly Patients
Implementing a low-literacy, multimedia IT system to enhance patient-centered cancer care
Computer Assisted Medication and Patient Information Interface (CAMPII)
Harnessing Health IT for Self-Management Support and Medication Activation in a Medicaid Health Plan
Informative Technology: Linking Parents and Providers
Shared Decision Making—Prostate Cancer Screening by Couples
Web Based Renal Transplant Patient Medication Education
Using IT for Patient-Centered Communication and Decision Making about Medications

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Page last reviewed December 2014
Internet Citation: Health Literacy: Additional AHRQ and HHS Resources. December 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/health-care-information/topics/external/health-literacy.html