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Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits

Class Details

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. Learn to communicate health statistics in clear and easy to understand language. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators.

Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Understand their role in risk communication and health numeracy
  • Understand risk and benefit statistics from a layman’s perspective
  • Understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand
  • Understand that numeracy is a key component of health literacy and shared decision making in managing one’s health
Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Jul 17, 2019
1:30PM - 3:00PM ET
Instructor(s):
Michelle Burda, MLS, Education and Health Literacy Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
1.5
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numbers. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from an individual's perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators.

Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand their role in communicating health risks and benefits to individuals
  • Understand risk and benefit statistics from an individual's perspective
  • Understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand
  • Understand that numeracy is a key component of health literacy and shared decision making in managing one’s health