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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Consumer Health IT Tools (webinar)

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

“As the development of consumer health IT tools becomes increasingly commonplace, methods for analyzing their personal health information management needs must become an embedded component of the design lifecycle. The projects presented in this Web conference will discuss the identification of users’ personal health information management practices and the context in which these practices occur to inform the development of consumer health IT tools to improve communication of safety concerns of hospitalized patients and effective health management of patients with diabetes and children with asthma.”

Thursday, May 7 1:30-3:00 pm ET

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1PDJEqL

People with Low Incomes Say They Pay a Price in Poor Health

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A National Public Radio story discusses the differences in perceptions in what affects health for those with low incomes vs. those with higher incomes. Some factors are bad housing, low-paying jobs and unemployment, which can harm health status and increase the odds of developing stress-related health conditions. http://n.pr/1xvbyj4  

 

Best and Worst Hospital Rankings Often Conflict, Confuse Consumers

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

A Health Affairs study finds measurements for hospital quality rating systems rarely come to the same conclusions. This can lead to consumer confusion. Consumers need to be aware of the potential limitations of hospital rankings in order to make informed choices. http://bit.ly/1bqvrxu

 

WebMD Knows Best?

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

An interesting article on how the digital era is changing the way consumers make medical decisions and sorting out the good information from the irrelevant or bad. Even though people are doing more online research, which is influencing medical decisions, the information found is often not discussed with our doctors. This article discusses the importance of integrating what we find with our office visits so that context and expertise needed to interpret those findings are part of the medical decision-making process. http://slate.me/1CM1iDg

 

Learn about the CDC’s Health Literacy Tools

Friday, March 20th, 2015

A few months ago, CDC redesigned its health literacy website to increase access to a number of tools and trainings. These solutions were designed to help you to produce accurate, accessible and actionable health information, whether you’re new to health literacy or a seasoned veteran.

John Parmer, Health Communication Specialist in the Office of the Associate Director for Communication (OADC) will lead a live tour of the website. John has helped to coordinate health literacy activities across the agency. In that role, he was involved in the launch of the Clear Communication Index as a research-based tool.

*   Two digital tours will be offered of CDC.gov/healthliteracy and Clear Communication Widget in partnership with Appalachian Community Cancer Network, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region,  Heath Care Improvement Foundation and Regional Health Literacy Coalition.

*   Chose the time that best suits you. There will be two tours. The first is on Tuesday, March 24 at 10 am (EST) and the second is on Thursday, March 26 at 1:00 pm (EST).

Free registration for either time: http://bit.ly/1MV2llA

The Good Nutrition Reading List

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

In observance of National Nutrition Month March 2015, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has published an online guide that identifies and describes books and websites that provide timely and scientifically-based nutrition information you can trust.

This is not a comprehensive list but a good place to start to find reliable information. Categories include: child and teen nutrition, diabetes, food sensitivities, nutrition and lifestyle and special needs. http://bit.ly/1xfnQvD

Colorectal Cancer: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States.

healthfinder.gov and MedlinePlus have resources for preventing colorectal cancer and encouraging people to get screened.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month (healthfinder.gov): http://1.usa.gov/1xs4s9m

Colorectal Cancer (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dfslH0 (multiple languages available)

Kid-friendly Recipes You Can Make with Your Kids

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Kids.gov – Join Millions of Parents for National Nutrition Month

Give a boost to nutrition and healthy eating by having a grocery list that includes variety. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of kid-friendly recipes that you can cook with your kids. Cooking together means quality time together.

You can provide the ideal setting to discuss good nutrition habits by making cooking fun.

So grab your aprons and get cooking!

Cool Treats: Veggies and Smoothies – http://1.usa.gov/1AMbTbt

Fast and Fun Recipes (PDF version) – http://bit.ly/1DQfp6I

Healthy Recipes for Kids – http://1.usa.gov/17W2WFM

Recipes for Special Diets (including diabetes, lactose intolerant and others) – http://bit.ly/1Kt4OHP

British Medical Journal Spotlights Patient-Centered Care

Friday, February 20th, 2015

The British Medical Journal recently spotlighted patient-centered care with articles on how doctors and patients can work collaboratively to improve the way healthcare is designed and delivered so that it better meets the needs and priorities of patients: http://bmj.co/1Lj3oeb.  One featured article, “From Patient Centred to People Powered: Autonomy on the Rise,” is authored by Dave deBronkart, known as E-Patient Dave, discusses the progressive social movement to improve medical care: http://bmj.co/1zLLDCc.

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit updated: January 2015. The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new edition of their Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. The toolkit, available here,  http://1.usa.gov/16TsXoo, can help primary care practitioners with increasing the level of patient understanding of health information, followup instructions, medication directions and overall communication.