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Search engines and usability for finding medical information online: a new study

Search engines may be good places for people with adequate or better information literacy skills, but what of the majority of the population that has low health literacy?

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An example of health literacy and reduction of perceived post-operative pain

Viewing a pre-op video of what to do and expect may result in less pain and more patient involvement.

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Addressing health literacy gaining traction

As mentioned previously, health literacy is “the ability to get information, understand it, and use information to lower risk and better health.” People “with low health literacy are more likely to report poor health, have an incomplete understanding of their health problems and treatment, and are at greater risk of hospitalization” (Pawlak, 2005). Many organizations, […]

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Breast cancer online decision tool

New online decision tool from Stanford for women at risk of breast and ovarian cancer due to BRCA gene mutation.

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Health literacy: simple definition, thoughtful implementation

Found a concise definition of “health literacy,” and a thoughtful YouTube video as well.

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Hurrying to the bottom: deteriorating ranking of U.S. health status

New study shows U.S. falling behind most developed countries in terms of improvements in health outcomes.

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“Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat.” heart-attack awareness program

Excellent heart-attack awareness program for women by the U.S. Dept. of H.H.S.

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Using teach-back to improve health literacy

Using the teach-back method is an excellent way to make sure you’ve gotten your information across, whether to students in the library, or patients in a clinical setting.

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Healthy kids, healthy communities

Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is helping dozens of communities across the country to reshape their environments to support healthy living and prevent childhood obesity. This video is the third in a series showcasing achievements in one community.

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New study on urban health literacy & asthma

New study examines health literacy levels and health information sources for the caregivers of children with asthma living in poorer, urban areas. Results are informative, but could be more-effectively presented using graphs or other visual representations.

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