Welcome to the Health Literacy LibGuide.This guide provides information and links to resources on health literacy and clear communication skills. Research has shown that health literacy has a significant impact on health outcomes. Low health literacy has been linked to poor self-management for chronic conditions, increase in hospitalization, lower rates of using preventative services and higher mortality rates. Learning about best practices for health literacy and clear communication is essential for providing excellent clinical care.
Use the left navigation panel to explore the various components related to health literacy:
Health Literacy Overview: This section provides basic information on health literacy.
Strategies & Tools: This section links to resources about clear communication and tools to develop patient education materials.
Assessment: This section provides links to useful tools in assessing health literacy skills.
Cultural Diversity: This section links to resources on providing culturally competent care.
Consumer Health Resources: Links to useful sites for reliable health information for patients and family members.