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Health Literacy & Patient Education   Tags: cultural competency, education, health literacy  

Resources for health care providers and patients
Last Updated: Jul 20, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction to Health Literacy

Health Literacy is defined in the Institute of Medicine report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions." More recent definitions focus on specific skills needed to navigate the health care system and the importance of clear communication between health care providers and their patients.

This guide is designed to assist healthcare professionals in the development of health literacy and patient education initiatives.


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Readability Assessment Tools

Online Readability Analyzers
This readability analyzer calculates the Flesch Reading Ease, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Gunning-Fog Score, and is of the few free readability analyzers that will give your writing sample a SMOG score.

Writing Sample Readability Analyzer
This readability analyzer calculates the Flesch Reading Ease, Fog Scale Level, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level for your document.

Assessing Readability Using Microsoft Word

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Office button image, and then click Word Options.

  2. Click Proofing.

  3. Make sure Check grammar with spelling is selected.

  4. Under When correcting grammar in Word, select the Show readability statistics check box.

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