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When Information Literacy Informs Health Literacy

Discusses a notable example of a journalist going beyond the claims of a recently published study by a for-profit company to sort out what is valid from what will sell.

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Health Literacy: blood test results

Most patients would prefer to discuss their blood test results with a physician, but less than half actually do, according to a recent survey. Representatives from government, business, healthcare professional groups and consumer advocates to examine health literacy with regards to blood tests. It would be wise to include librarians, public and medical, to speed getting information to the public.

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When health literacy needs information literacy

An online health quiz may seem well-researched and informative, but it is important to look deeper and try and determine why it is there, and what purpose it serves. This is how information literacy skills interact with health literacy.

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Health Literacy: plain language

In a recent post on the University of Michigan Health System News blog, researchers offer “10 ways to make better decisions about cancer care“: Insist on plain language. Focus on absolute risk. Visualize your risk. Consider risk as a frequency rather than as percentages. Focus on the additional risk. The order of information matters. Write […]

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Health Literacy and Public Health Campaigns

Public health campaigns need to de-stigmatize low or poor health literacy, as demonstrated in one study. But it is an uphill battle against prevailing assumptions that bad things happen to people because “they deserve it.”

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Health literacy: the need for “plain talk”

Searching Twitter using the hashtag “#healthliteracy,” I came across an item that sounded exciting: “MAXIMUS Center for Health Literacy to Hold Conference in September: ‘Plain Talk in Complex Times.’” Presented in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, the conference offers: Six preconference workshops: build your skills for communicating about health—in person, on the Web, […]

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Health Literacy Integrated into High School Curriculum

As reported in the Colorado Springs newspaper The Gazette, El Paso County Public Health has partnered with Harrison High School to integrate health literacy education into classes beyond the traditional physical education and health offerings. Their goal is “to create a model that can be used by schools statewide to improve knowledge about all things […]

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Searching on Twitter: health literacy

A sampling of the content found by searching Twitter topic “#healthliteracy”.

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Who’s paying for my “free” medical app?

Developing a mobile application (“app” for short) for any use requires time, programming skills, and, if you want to sell your app, a potential audience. Creating medical mobile apps also requires finding content that is scientifically supported and evidence based, which means a developer has to pay for expert medical searching and advice. So where […]

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Brush up on your health information skills!

The Utah Academic Library Consortium’s (UALC) has put together a series of online webinars this year, with the first being an introduction to health information literacy and consumer health resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This free webinar will be held on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, from 10 – 11:30 a.m. MDT. More […]

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