Medication Adherence Interventions: Comparative Effectiveness
This report from the AHRQ (2012) assesses the effectiveness of patient, provider, and systems interventions or policy interventions in improving medication adherence for an array of chronic health conditions. For interventions that are effective in improving adherence, they then assessed their effectiveness in improving health, health care utilization, and adverse events.
Strategies To Improve Communication Between Staff and Patients: Training Program for Pharmacy Staff
This training program from the AHRQ is intended for pharmacy staff members who regularly interact with patients and provide patients with health information. The training program: Introduces pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other pharmacy staff to the problem of low health literacy; Identifies implications of the problem; Explains techniques for pharmacy staff members to improve communication with patients who may have limited health literacy skills.
Simply Put: A guide for creating easy-to-understand materials
Guide from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for creating health resources in understandable language.The guidance in Simply Put helps you transform complicated scientific and technical information into communication materials your audiences can relate to and understand. The guide provides practical ways to organize information and use language and visuals. This guide will be useful for creating fact sheets, FAQ’s, brochures, booklets, pamphlets, and other materials, including web content.
Medicines in My Home
Medicines in My Home is a multimedia educational program to teach consumers from adolescence through adulthood how to choose over-the-counter medicines and use them safely. The program is provided by the United States FDA.
Promoting Health Literacy to Encourage Prevention and Wellness – Workshop Summary
The IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy brings together leaders from the federal government, foundations, health plans, associations, and private companies to discuss challenges related to health literacy and to identify approaches to promoting health literacy in both the public and private sectors. On September 15, 2009, the Roundtable held a workshop to explore approaches to integrate health literacy in to primary and secondary prevention. The workshop featured presentations and discussions on select topics related to health literacy’s role in preventive health care. This document is a summary of the workshop.
Be More Involved in Your Healthcare: Tips for Patients
A brochure from the US Agency for Health Research and Quality which gives tips to use before, during, and after a medical appointment to make sure you get the best possible care. Also see: AHRQ Patient Question Sheet and AHRQ Question Builder – resource for patients
AHRQ Patient Question Sheet
A question sheet for helping patients effectively communicate with their doctors. Produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Also see: Be More Involved in Your Healthcare: Tips for Patients and AHRQ Question Builder – resource for patients
AHRQ Question Builder – resource for patients
Be prepared for your next medical appointment. Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared. With the Question Builder, it is easy. Also see: Be More Involved in Your Healthcare: Tips for Patients and AHRQ Patient Question Sheet
The Health Literacy Project: Phases 1-3
In 2000, a joint health literacy initiative of The Centre for Literacy of Quebec and the Department of Nursing of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) began studying the complex combinations of factors involved with literacy and health and attempting to identify how various specific barriers to patient communication can be recognized and addressed. The qualitative study was with patients who had been identified by nurses as "hard-to-reach," and provides interesting discussions about oral communication with such patients (by addressing their health literacy needs).
How Well Do Your Patients Understand? Improving the Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals
This guide from Health Literacy Wisconsin provides a report and guide to improving a hospital's health literacy environment by health professionals.