Health literacy

Health literacy

Health literacy portal

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English
Translated Title: 
Le Portail de la littératie en santé
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Online
Publisher: 
Canadian Public Health Association

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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Health literacy: a prescription to end confusion

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English
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Lynn Nielsen-Bohlman
Allison M. Panzer
David A. Kindig
Publisher: 
The National Academies Press
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Washington, D.C.

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.

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HEAE.H43 2004
ISBN 0309091179
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Review, Network Winter/Spring 2005: Health literacy defines the degree to which individuals obtain, process and understand the information needed to make appropriate health decisions. It is essential to successful health care. As patients we convey our symptoms and medical history to health professionals who then convey back results, recommendations, information and instructions. But what if you don’t understand what’s being said to you? This report looks at the problems associated with low levels of health literacy, and recommends actions to promote a health-literate society. While written for an American audience, many, if not all, of the recommendations can be adapted for a Canadian perspective.

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

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English
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Online
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Irving Rootman
Barbara Ronson
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Institute of Gender and Health
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Edmonton, AB

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

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HEAS.R43 2004
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Chapter in "Reducing health disparities and promoting equity for vulnerable populations international think tank: synthesis papers." Includes bibliographical references.

Setting the public agenda for online health search: a white paper and action agenda

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English
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Online
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Liza Greenberg
Guy D'Andrea
Dan Lorence
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URAC
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Washington, D.C.

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.

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Association canadienne de santé publique, Programme national sur l'alphabétisation et la santé

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NGO - Non Government Organization
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English
Français
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Consulting
Training
Advocacy
Formation
Groupe de pression
Expert-conseil

Works to promotes awareness among health professionals of the links between literacy and health. Provides resources to help health professionals serve clients with low literacy skills more effectively. Also provides consultation and advice on how to write documents in plain language, and will review and revise materials. // Encourage les professionnels de la santé partout au Canada à utiliser un style clair et simple dans l’information sur la santé et à s’exprimer clairement quand ils parlent. Travaille avec des organismes nationaux du domaine de l’alphabétisation pour développer ses rapports avec les apprenants.

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(613) 725-3769
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Email Address: 
nlhp@cpha.ca
Fax Number: 
(613) 725-9826
Street Address: 
400-1565 Carling Avenue
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Ottawa
Province: 
Ontario
Postal/ZIP Code: 
K1Z 8R1
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multiple languages found - // in abstract

Beyond words: the health-literacy connection

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English
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Online
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Doris E. Gillis
Publisher: 
Canadian Health Network
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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.

Literacy and health: defining links and developing partnerships

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English
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Paper
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Charles Moody
Marg Rose
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Literacy Partners of Manitoba
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

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.

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HEAD.M66

Beyond the brochure: alternative approaches to effective health communication

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English
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Online
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AMC Cancer Research Center
Publisher: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date: 
1994
Publication Place: 
Atlanta, GA

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.

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Includes bibliographical references.

How does literacy affect the health of Canadians? A profile paper

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English
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Author: 
Burt Perrin
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Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada
Publication Date: 
1998
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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.

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HEAD.P47 1998
ISBN 0662271149

The captain's log: charting the course for literacy and health in the new millenium

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English
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Canadian Public Health Association
Publisher: 
Canadian Public Health Association
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

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.

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HEAE.C36 2000
ISBN 1894324153
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