Search Resources (English): Health literacy

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Literacy and health research in Canada: where have we been and where should we go?

Provides an overview of existing Canadian research and practice in literacy and health. Offers suggestions for future work.

Published: 2004
Health literacy: a prescription to end confusion  
http://www.nap.edu/books/0309091179/html/
Brings together research and practice from diverse fields including education, health services, and social and cultural sciences, to address problems of health literacy, the ability to understand and/or act upon information received. (See Details)
Published: 2004
The captain's log: charting the course for literacy and health in the new millenium  
http://www.nlhp.cpha.ca/
Provides an overview of the five conference themes from the First Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health, along with an examination of a number of the specific issues that were explored in the workshops and sub-plenaries. It also sets out the recommendations presented at the Closing Plenary. The conference promoted plain language health information and clear verbal communication in the health profession.The focus was to provide participants with practical skills and hands-on learning opportunities that could be useful in their work. The five themes around which the conference revolved were: making health services and health information easy to use for all Canadians, looking for ways to improve the training of health professionals, learning more through research, learning from learners, and building literacy and health partnerships. (See Details)
Published: 2001
How does literacy affect the health of Canadians? A profile paper  
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hppb/phdd/literacy/literacy.html
Discusses the significant health impacts of literacy. Identifies why literacy is a health issue and thus is relevant to the mandate of Health Canada. Touches upon some of the mechanisms by which literacy affects health, and suggests some of the ways in which the health field can respond. Begins with a brief consideration of the actual literacy skills of Canadians. Reviews the evidence that indicates the impact of literacy on health. Considers the mechanisms by which literacy affects health, both in direct ways, such as the incorrect use of medications, failure to comply with medical directions, errors in infant formula administration, and safety risks, and indirectly via living and working conditions, personal health practices and coping skills, the physical environment, health services, and biology and genetic endowment. Also considers the relations of literacy to other determinants of health. (See Details)
Published: 1998
Beyond the brochure: alternative approaches to effective health communication  
http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/nbccedp/bccpdfs/amcbeyon.pdf
Provides guidance to assist health educators and communicators in conceiving and producing educational materials and activities that do not solely rely on the printed word. (See Details)
Published: 1994
Literacy and health: defining links and developing partnerships  
http://www.health.mb.literacy.ca/projects/defining/defining.pdf
Describes the links between literacy and health. Provides documented examples of workshops held to promote the ideas of health litercay and plain language health information to health care workers in Manitoba. Lists the strengths and weaknesses of each type of intervention. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Beyond words: the health-literacy connection  
http://www.canadian-health-network.ca/servlet/ContentServer?cid=1059684393879&pagename=CHN-RCS/CHNResource/CHNResourcePageTemplate&c=CHNResource&lang=En
Discusses illiteracy and gives examples of the negative health consequences. Acknowledges the difficulty for health care workers in recognising those with limited literacy and offers identifying clues. Suggests approaches that health practitioners can take to ensure that illiteracy is not a barrier to accessing health information. (See Details)
Setting the public agenda for online health search: a white paper and action agenda  
http://www.urac.org/documents/URAC-CWWHealthSearchWhitePaper1203.pdf
Examines and reviews factors influencing the results of online (Internet) consumer health searches. Provides a series of recommendations that address both research needs and actions that could be implemented by groups interested in improving the results of online health searches. (See Details)
Published: 2003
Health literacy portal  
http://www.cpha.ca/en/portals/h-l.aspx

An Internet portal is designed to provide easy access to key information about health literacy in Canada for health professionals, researchers and interested individuals. Features the Expert Panel on Health Literacy’s final report as well as links to other key Canadian and international health literacy resources.

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