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Nurses and Enhanced Health Information Literacy

Posted by on March 28th, 2018 Posted in: Health Information Literacy

The American Academy of Nursing released its policy brief urging nurses to have an increased role in enhancing health literacy for patient populations. The Academy recommends three areas of concentration to reduce health literacy disparities, and to increase empowerment of patients: practice (communications between provider and patient to increase the patient’s health literacy, including using tools such as the Health Literacy Universal Precaution Toolkit); systems of care (having health care systems provide information for their patients to better navigate, understand, and use health information); and partnerships (increase collaboration with other organizations, including other health specialties). Nurses can be a big influence in achieving these goals.

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Medical Librarian, Network Outreach Coordinator, NN/LM, PNR. I work for a network of libraries and organizations with an interest in health information.

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