Health Literacy: plain language

Todd Vandenbark

Health literacy logoIn a recent post on the University of Michigan Health System News blog, researchers offer “10 ways to make better decisions about cancer care“:

  1. Insist on plain language.
  2. Focus on absolute risk.
  3. Visualize your risk.
  4. Consider risk as a frequency rather than as percentages.
  5. Focus on the additional risk.
  6. The order of information matters.
  7. Write it down.
  8. Don’t get hung up on averages.
  9. Less may be more.
  10. Consider your risk over time.