Jackie Davis, MLIS
Community Health Library at Cushman Wellness Center
Sharp Memorial Hospital Outpatient Pavilion
Phone: (858) 939-5031
Jackie Davis, MLIS and
Deborah Magnan, MLIS, AHIP
Samuel and Sandra Hekemian Medical Library
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave.
Hackensack, NJ 07601
Phone: (201) 996-2326
Updated October 4, 2013
Creating Health Materials
Chew, K. Creating patient education materials. University of Minnesota libraries: biomedical library web site. Updated September 3, 2013. Accessed October 4, 2013.
A comprehensive resource of websites on health literacy.
Doak CC, Doak LG, Root JH.Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills, 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: J.B. Lippincott Company; 1996. Accessed October 4, 2013.
A classic text on health literacy by the Doaks that can be downloaded from this site. It has stood the test of 30 years’ time.
Health Information Security and Privacy Collaboration, Consumer Education and Engagement Collaborative. Creating Consumer Education and Engagement Tools: A Guide to Literacy and Language Considerations. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services: Health Information Technology web site. Published March 31, 2009. Accessed October 4, 2013. A compact document that argues for plain language, how to assess the reading levels of materials and translation of health information.
Lane P, Blanco M, Ford L, Mirenda HS. The Health Literacy Style Manual. Covering Kids & Families web site. Published October 2005. Accessed October 4, 2013.
A product of Maximus, a company that provides services to a variety of government agencies that work with families and children. The manual is an excellent primer for addressing all the major categories for meeting the needs of those challenged with health literacy.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Health literacy online: a guide to writing and designing easy-to-use health Web sites. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion web site. Published 2010. Accessed October 4, 2013. A guide of strategies for writing and designing easy-to-read, consumer-centered websites.
About plain language. Center for Plain Language web site. Accessed October 4, 2013.
Plain language resource for all settings, not just health care.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Marketing. Plain language thesaurus for health communications. Harborview Medical Center respiratory care department web site. . Published October 2007. Accessed October 4, 2013. 44 pages of medical words and their plain language counterpart.
Plain language medical dictionary. University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library web site. http://www.lib.umich.edu/plain-language-dictionary. Updated March 2011. Accessed October 4, 2013. Click on the word and obtain a plain language definition.
Health communication tips. Health research for action web site. . Accessed October 4, 2013. Focused on clear communication, further into the document the list will have two columns with common managed care terms and the definitions.
USP pictograms. U. S. Pharmacopeia web site. Accessed October 4, 2013. The United States Pharmacopeia sets standards for both prescriptions and over-the-counter medicine. They also provide standardized images, pictograms, for medication use. Registration required but no fee. English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Health Materials in Other Languages
Deaf MD: bridging medicine and the deaf world web site. Accessed October 4, 2013.
Health information in sign language videos. A product of the NIH, CDC, Gallaudet University as well as other recognized partner agencies.
Healthy Roads Media web site. Published 2002. Accessed October 4, 2013.
Twenty-eight topics in various languages and in various formats. DVDs are available for purchase of these presentations.
Missouri Hospital Association. Health Translations web site. Published 2003. Accessed September 4, 2013.
Sponsored by the Missouri Hospital Association with 13 major topics and numerous articles within each topic in PDF format for printing. Can adjust text size.
National Library of Medicine. Health information in multiple languages. MedlinePlus web site. Published May 2008. Updated September 2013. Accessed October 4, 2013.
Not all topics in all languages, but this website should be the first stop on the search for health information in over 45 different languages.
Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) website. Accessed October 4, 2013. Though specifically focused on the health issues of refugees, there are many articles available that will apply to patients and providers who need the information in other languages.
Trottier A. WordsCount web site. Published Spring 2001. Updated July 2009. Accessed October 4, 2010.
This site contains numerous tools for determining the grade levels of any text. The site is growing and there will be additional resources as it develops.
Readability Formulas web site. Accessed October 4 2013. User can paste their document into the box for an instant readability score. Numerous additional tools available through this site.