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Health Communication, Health Literacy, and e-Health

Improving health communication and utilizing health technologies are essential to promoting individual and population health. Find key tools, research and reports, and resources for public health and health communication professionals.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Communication in Cancer Care

Good communication between patients, family caregivers, and the health care team is very important in cancer care.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

NIH National Cancer Institute

How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse- (PDF)

Waiting in your doctor's office can make you feel nervous, impatient, or even scared. Knowing how to talk to your doctor, nurse, or other members of your health care team will help you get the information you need.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Getting the Most Out of Your Next Checkup (Podcast)

This page presents an audio program interview with AHRQ Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, discussing questions to ask during your visit with a primary care health professional.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health Communication Basics

Learn how health communication and social marketing practices are used to create social change by changing people's attitudes, external structures, and/or modify or eliminate certain behaviors.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Health Literacy Online: A Guide to Writing and Designing Easy-to-Use Health Web Sites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) offers this how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Healthy People Health Communication and Health IT Topic Area

Learn how health communication strategies and health information technology (IT) is being used to improve the health of all Americans. Find reports and related resources to see how the Nation is working to achieve Healthy People goals.

Review Date: June 07, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HON Code of Conduct for Medical and Health Web Sites

The HONcode certification is an ethical standard aimed at offering quality health information. It demonstrates the intent of a website to publish useful, objective and correct information.

Review Date: March 18, 2013

Health On the Net Foundation

Improving Health Literacy

Find tools, government resources, reports and research on improving health literacy--the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Improving Your Health Literacy

AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., offers easy-to-understand advice column for consumers about health literacy and overcoming challenges understanding difficult health terms and issues.

Review Date: December 17, 2014

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Medical Errors: Tips to Help Prevent Them

Learn how you can help to prevent medical errors by taking part in every decision about your health care.

Review Date: March 12, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

National Institutes of Health Vodcast

NIH podasts are updated every month, offering you the lastest information and advances from medical research.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIH Clear Communication: A Health Literacy Initiative

Find information on the NIH Clear Communication program, including educational products, lessons learned, and research in the area of health literacy.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

NIH Radio

Get the latest information about NIH research findings, highlights of press conferences, and health campaigns.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIH: Introduction to Plain Language

Part of the NIH mission is to reach all Americans with health information they can use, and to communicate in a way that helps people to easily understand research results. Read about the Plain Language Act of 2010, and find tips you can use to improve communcation.

Review Date: August 30, 2011

NIH Office of Communications and Public Liaison

Patient Safety: Podcast

The Institute of Medicine estimates that as many as 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety. This program features an interview with AHRQ Director, Dr. Carolyn Clancy, discussing this important issue.

Review Date: September 11, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Question Builder: Be Prepared for Your Next Medical Appointment

Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Quick Guide to Health Literacy

This guide will help people working in healthcare and public health fields to improve health literacy--the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

Review Date: June 03, 2011

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Trust It or Trash It?

Who said it? When did they say it? How did they know? This tool will help you think critically about the quality of health information found on web sites, in handouts and booklets, and more.

Review Date: December 23, 2012

Genetic Alliance

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