To address health disparities, we need to focus on improving health literacy, digital literacy and digital access. In this 30-minute live webinar and Q&A from Health Education England, you will find out about our newly available maps and online tool using, place-based geodata to identify levels of health literacy and digital access in your area.
The session will also introduce easy read resources for shared decision making, co-produced with experts by experience, and how to use these are part of a series of steps to address local health disparities.
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This collection contains information on the following subjects:
Health literacy widens inequalities
What happens when health information is not clear?
How can we help people understand health information? (Simple, balanced language; Finding the focus; Online information needs to be relevant; Visuals, videos and going viral)
Who may face extra barriers understanding health information? (People facing language barriers; People with language difficulties and learning disabilities; People living with dementia; Communities with low literacy)
This e-learning session takes about 30 minutes to complete and covers:
why health literacy is important
how to use some simple techniques to improve communication, including TeachBack, chunk and check and using pictures and simple language.
List the benefits of health literacy to individuals and services
List health literacy tools and techniques
Explain how to use health literacy tools and techniques
Describe the impact of health literacy on people’s health choices
Create a personal action plan to be health literacy friend
The analyses of the survey data informed a number of recommendations made by the PIF.
1. UK National Health strategies Incorporate health and digital literacy into health strategies of the four nations of the UK as a key enabler of shared decision making, supported self-care and self management and reducing health inequality.
The strategies should encourage and support the development of ‘health literacy friendly’ organisations.
2. Organisations producing health information should aspire to become ‘health-literacy friendly.’
Health-literacy friendly orga
The tools include:
Seven health literacy tools for pharmacy:
Pharmacy Health Literacy Assessment Tool & User's Guide.
Training Program for Pharmacy Staff on Communication.
Guide on How To Create a Pill Card.
Telephone Reminder Tool To Help Refill Medicines On Time.
Explicit and Standardized Prescription Medicine Instructions.
How to Conduct a Postdischarge Followup Phone Call
Health literacy tools to improve communication for providers of medication therapy management
Curricular modules for pharmacy faculty.
Resources for pharmacist
Patient safety not built into the innovation process
Most digital healthcare-related startup founders are understandably focused on developing their business ideas, finding and establishing their new markets, and commercialising their offerings. Inevitably, they often do not have specialist clinical safety advice available to them at an early stage, and do not necessarily consider the patient safety implications of their new solutions.
Once the offering is ready to come to market is has to pass a range of compliance and other hurdles (more on those later), which, for many founders, ma
This toolkit includes information on the five recommended techniques for good health literacy practice:
Chunk and check
Use simple language
Routinely offer help with paperwork
It also includes information and training on these topics:
Access to healthcare
Encouraging patient questions
Long term conditions
This AHRQ toolkit provides evidence-based guidance to adult and paediatric practices to ensure that systems are in place to promote better understanding by all patients, not just those you think need extra assistance. The toolkit is divided into manageable chunks so that its implementation can fit into the busy day of a practice. It contains:
- 21 tools (3-5 pages each) that address improving:
self-management and empowerment.
- Appendices (over 25 resources such as sample forms, PowerPoint present