Creating Health Information That Americans Can Understand (Text Version)

Slide presentation from the AHRQ 2009 conference.

On September 14, 2009, Cindy Brach made this presentation at the 2009 Annual Conference. Select to access the PowerPoint® presentation (720 KB). Plugin Software Help.


Slide 1

Creating Health Information That Americans Can Understand

Cindy Brach
Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets
September 14, 2009 

Slide 2

Health Information Uses

Consumers use health information to:

  • Choose health plans, hospitals, doctors
  • Make treatment decisions
  • Take medicine safely
  • Reduce risk factors and manage health conditions 

Slide 3

Health Literacy Challenge

  • Only 12 percent of U.S. adults have proficient health literacy.
  • Over a third-77 million people-have difficulty with common health tasks.
  • The complexity of most health materials exceeds the capability of most consumers. 

Slide 4

Presenters

  • Kristin Carman, PhD - Print Materials
  • Maritza Matheus, MBA - Audience Input
  • Sandy Hilfilker, MA - Web Materials
Current as of December 2009
Internet Citation: Creating Health Information That Americans Can Understand (Text Version). December 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/events/conference/2009/brach2/index.html