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NLM Releases New Health Literacy Tool Shed Website

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The U.S. National Library of Medcine (NLM), in collaboration with Boston University School of Medicine is pleased to announce the launch of the Health Literacy Tool Shed: http://healthliteracy.bu.edu/

The Health Literacy Tool Shed is a free, user-friendly, unique, curated online database of more than 100 empirically validated health literacy instruments. The Tool Shed serves as an interactive, one-stop shop where researchers use provided filters to select a health literacy research instrument.

The Health Literacy Tool Shed provides background information about each instrument and enables users to compare them.

‘The new Health Literacy Tool Shed helps users choose the right instrument for their research or practice. It also helps researchers assess core issues, such as the impact of health literacy on health outcomes and health care utilization,’ says Robert A. Logan Ph.D., senior staff, National Library of Medicine.

“Understanding what affects health, how to navigate the health care system, or how to manage a chronic health condition can have a major effect on a person’s health outcomes. NLM hopes this new resource will help researchers provide new insights into how to ensure clear communication within health care settings and how to increase health literacy throughout populations,” says Betsy Humphreys, acting director, National Library of Medicine.

Each instrument within the Health Literacy Tool Shed is peer reviewed by health literacy research experts including: Michael Paasche-Orlow, M.D., M.P.H., Boston University School of Medicine; and Lauren McCormack, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., RTI International. The selected instruments vary in terms of user accessibility and cost, as mandated by the original investigator.

The website was developed following user-centered design methods to ensure the site’s relevant and ease of use.

Health Literacy and Palliative Care: What Really Happens to Patients?

Friday, December 11th, 2015

[Announcement from the Roundtable on Health Literacy]

The National Academy of Medicine has published a commentary titled Health Literacy and Palliative Care: What Really Happens to Patients. The commentary builds on presentations from Diane Meier and Beverly Alves at a workshop on Health Literacy and Palliative Care sponsored by the Roundtable on Health Literacy in July 2015. The commentary offers a look at how the lack of health literacy in the health care system offers challenges to the adoption of palliative care as a standard of care. It can be found at http://nam.edu/perspectives-2015-health-literacy-and-palliative-care-what-really-happens-to-patients/.

Make an Impact with Your Online Content: Design for Usability and Accessibility

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Join us on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 10:30 AM  ET for a webinar that delves into the latest evidence-based, applied tips to make your online health information and services more appealing, accessible, and usable for your audiences — particularly for users who don’t have strong reading or health literacy skills. Using the latest version of HHS’ Health Literacy Online, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, Director of User-Centered Design at CommunicateHealth, will walk us through the latest research trends to make your online (including mobile!) health content effective and impactful.

Presenter:

Sandy Williams Hilfiker, MA, Director of User-Centered Design and Principal of CommunicateHealth, Inc., is a leading expert in the design and development of consumer health websites and e-health tools for users with limited health literacy skills and limited experience with the web. With experience testing websites, apps, and print materials with well over 2,000 limited literacy users and public health professionals, her expertise in the intersection of health literacy and usability is unparalleled. She is a passionate advocate for user-centered design spending over a decade dedicated to health communication and usability research. Sandy served as a Lead Editor for both editions of Health Literacy Online.

Register on our Training Calendar at:  http://nnlm.gov/ner/training-schedule

This webinar is sponsored by the NN/LM NER Health Literacy Community of Interest, led by Anne-Marie Kaminsky, and facilitated by Michelle Eberle.

 

Baystate Health Sciences Library Celebrates NMLM

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Baystate

 

The librarians at Baystate Health had some fun with National Medical Librarians Month (NMLM)!  The librarians hosted a full day of events including online demos, games and door prizes, library crossword puzzles, and snacks/beverages. They created a display table of Baystate author publications, helped people get apps onto their mobile devices, and provided the ambience of relaxing George Winston music.  Staff wore the purple T-shirts with the logo “Keep calm and ask the librarian.”  Ellen Brassil, Director of the Health Sciences Library, shared, “We can’t wait to do something new next year, and hope we got our message across, and keeping calm or not will ask the librarian!”

 

 

 

 

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