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Archive for the ‘Health Information Literacy’ Category

The Joint Commission’s New Speak Up Campaign to Reduce Readmissions

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

“Speak Up: Avoid a return trip to the hospital” uses easy-to-understand language to help patients understand the steps they should take after they are discharged to avoid returning to the hospital. The materials are free and available on The Joint Commission’s website. http://bit.ly/1k2FYTc

Know The Facts First: Sexual Health Information for Teen Girls

Monday, December 7th, 2015

According to the Office of Women’s Health, about 1 in 4 teens has a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Today, the Office of Women’s Health released a new public health awareness campaign called Know The Facts First to help provide teen girls with accurate information about STIs.

Read the blog post announcing the new resource: http://1.usa.gov/1IA4w1z

Know The Facts First: http://knowthefactsfirst.gov/

Home Health Agency Ratings Get Medicare’s Star Treatment

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The federal government released on Thursday a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, hoping to bring clarity to a fast-growing but fragmented corner of the medical industry where it’s often difficult to distinguish good from bad.

Medicare applied the new quality measure to more than 9,000 agencies based on how quickly visits began and how often patients improved while under their care. Nearly half received average scores, with the government sparingly doling out top and bottom ratings. Read more about the ratings and rating system: bit.ly/1MVjRWU

5 Facts About Deductibles from Healthcare.gov

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Factoring in out-of-pocket costs has always been part of buying health insurance, but for the first time now there are a lot of resources to help you better understand your choices at HealthCare. gov. These include new features that allow you to see your total estimated out-of-pocket costs, to search health plans by your preferred provider and to see if your prescription drugs are covered. Read more about how to calculate and prepare for out-of-pocket costs when making your health insurance decisions: 1.usa.gov/1PS5hW5

Reported Cases of Sexually Transmitted Diseases on the Rise, Some at Alarming Rate

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

From the Centers for Disease Control:

“Reported cases of three nationally notifiable STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have increased for the first time since 2006, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the 2014 STD Surveillance Report.

The approximately 1.4 million reported cases of chlamydia, a rate of 456.1 cases per 100,000 population, is up 2.8 percent since 2013. Rates of primary and secondary (P&S) syphilis – the most infectious stages of syphilis –and gonorrhea have both increased since 2013, by 15.1 percent and 5.1 percent, respectively. In 2014, there were 350,062 reported cases of gonorrhea (a rate of 110.7 per 100,000) and 19,999 reported cases of P&S syphilis (for a rate of 6.3 per 100,000).”

For information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of STDs, visit MedlinePlus: http://1.usa.gov/1R1tU24

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Everyday Words for Public Health Communication offers expert recommendations from CDC’s Health Literacy Council and other agency communicators on how to reduce jargon and replace problematic terms to improve comprehension. http://1.usa.gov/1OQtNXF

This document provides substitute terms, examples of difficult public health content, revised wording and tips to reinforce meaning and avoid other common pitfall

Sweetened Drinks Might Raise Men’s Risk for Heart Failure

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

A recent news item in MedlinePlus highlights a study linking two servings a day of sugary drinks to increased risk of heart failure.

Article: http://1.usa.gov/1MeRQJO

Check out the Heart Diseases – Prevention health topic page on MedlinePlus for tips to improve heart health: http://1.usa.gov/1MBXTqV

Is More Health Information Always Better?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

A recently published perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine provides an interesting commentary on the provision of additional health information and that it might not always be the best approach. Listen to the To Your Health: NLM Update on “Is More Health Information Always Better?” A transcript is also available: http://1.usa.gov/1OW8y4T

 

Project Literacy: Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

An article from Project Literacy describes the consequences for those with limited health literacy. A large body of research has linked limited health literacy with poor health outcomes including fewer preventive services, higher levels of hospital readmission and worse health overall.

Read more about the consequences here: http://bit.ly/1Rs9HAe

Stop the Bleed: New campaign from the Department of Homeland Security

Monday, October 19th, 2015

From the Department of Homeland Security:

“No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.

‘Stop the Bleed’ is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.”

The campaign includes First Aid instructions for managing bleeding at the scene of an accident.

Stop the Bleed: http://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed