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Guide to Patient and Family Engagement in Hospital Quality and Safety

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a guide to promote patient and family involvement in inpatient care.

“The guide provides four evidence-based strategies that hospitals can use to implement patient- and family-centered care practices. Each strategy includes educational tools and resources for patients and families, training materials for health care professionals and real-world examples that show how strategies are being implemented in hospital settings. The strategies describe how patients and families, working with hospital staff, can:

  • Be advisors. How hospitals can recruit and train patients and family members to serve as advisors and train clinicians and hospital staff to work effectively with them.
  • Promote better communication at the bedside to improve quality. How patients and families can interact with the health care team, understand the different roles that team members play and see the importance of being partners with clinicians.
  • Participate in bedside shift reports. Teaching patients and families what a bedside shift report is, how they can contribute to it and how nurses can support those contributions.
  • Prepare to leave the hospital. Different approaches clinicians can use to plan and keep track of the tasks that need to be done before a patient is discharged from the hospital.” [AHRQ, press release, 8 July 2013]

Access the guide:

Bilingual resource on Patient Centered Health Home

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The National Center for Bilingual Health has created a Health News issue on Patient-Centered Health Homes.  The issue is in English and Spanish:

Health News is published quarterly and provides health information in lay terminology.  Access past issues here:

The Latest Health News

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Would you like to stay up-to-date with the latest health news? On the MedlinePlus homepage, you can sign up to receive emails with the latest health news on topics that matter to you the most. When you sign up, you can select from over 900 health topics. And, you have the opportunity to select e-newsletters from other government agencies including, NIH Director’s Blog, updates, AHRQ Effective Health Care Announcements, and many others.

Sign up for MedlinePlus Health News,

Health Literacy and Culture

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) adds information about culture to its Health Literacy resource.
The NN/LM has added content to its Health Literacy resource to include information about culture in the context of health literacy. As part of a project of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program, Diana Almader-Douglas evaluated the existing health literacy Web-based resource at the NN/LM and determined that the resource would benefit from addressing the importance of culture in understanding health literacy.
Culture is one component of health literacy, but it is also a critical element of the complex topic of health literacy. Culture shapes communication, beliefs, and the comprehension of health information. By enhancing the NN/LM Health Literacy Web page with content about health literacy in a cultural context, users of the page, and end users will be able to better meet the health information needs of vulnerable and diverse population groups they are serving.

By adding content related to culture and how culture impacts health, the resource raises increased awareness about vulnerable and special populations, and highlights the connection to health disparities and health literacy.
For more information on culture and health literacy, visit:

Benjamin RM. Improving Health by Improving Health Literacy. Public Health Rep. 2010, Nov-Dec; 125(6):784-785. Available from:

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration (HSRA). Culture, Language and Health Literacy. Available from:

United States Department of Health & Human Services. National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Outreach Activities; Resources. Multi-cultural Resources for Health Information. Available from:

The Affordable Care Act and You

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Health Resources and Services Administration - View and hear this presentation recording or download slides, and call 1.888.566.0614 to hear the audio. It describes the Affordable Care Act, health insurance marketplaces, qualified health plans (QHPs), essential health benefits (EHBs), and what this all means to consumers, small businesses, employers, and health care providers. It also summarizes implementation timelines and deadlines associated with these aspects of the ACA.

June 10 – 16 is Men’s Health Week

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

June 10 – 16 is National Men’s Health Week.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with hundreds of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. For a partial list of activities, visit:

Resources, events and toolkits are now available here:

New Insurance Tools

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Medicare Plan Finder

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – Includes a searchable website, either by general or personal information, which locates Medicare cost estimates and coverage information for your area.

For more information:


Enroll America: New virtual tool available. Where are the uninsured? A virtual map showing the uninsured rates for gender, race and age differences for each county in every state.

Learn more: New Spanish Language Materials on Safe Acetaminophen Use Available

Friday, May 17th, 2013

Research by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (NAHH) found that more than half of Hispanic consumers are not aware of the health risks associated with taking too much acetaminophen, and do not check medicine labels to see if their medicine contains acetaminophen. NAHH and the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s Know Your Dose Campaign have joined together to launch new web-based resources and educational materials in Spanish about safe acetaminophen use. Visit Know Your Dose at to order free, patient educational materials in English and Spanish. The site includes a Spanish-language section with a medicine-label reader guide, answers to frequently asked questions and an animated video on safe use of medicines containing acetaminophen, produced by the NAHH. Patients can call the toll-free Su Familia Helpline at 1-866-783-2645 for answers to questions about safe acetaminophen use and referrals to health resources in their communities.

Learn more:

FDA Patient Network Launches New Website

Friday, May 17th, 2013

The FDA’s new Patient Network website gives patients and advocates a bigger voice in medical product regulation, which includes drugs, devices and biologics. Designed as a key education and communication tool between the FDA and the public, the site features patient-friendly information on drug and device development and approval, clinical trials, latest treatment options, important safety information and more. It also connects members of the public to the Patient Representative Program, where they can apply to sit on official FDA Advisory Committees and act as consultants during the drug and device review processes.

For more information, visit the FDA Patient Network website here:

Read the blog by Margaret Hamburg here:

The Health Care Law and You: Translated in 10 Asian and Pacific Islander Languages

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Translations of The Health Care Law and You, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to educate community members about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act, are now available in 10 Asian and Asian Pacific languages. This resource has been translated by the Office of Public Engagement at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services into the following languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Hindi, Bengali, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Samoan and Tongan. Webinars that delve deeper into these materials will take place in late May. New in-language materials and resources about the health reform law will continue to be added to the site throughout the coming months.

Available here: