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Jan

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Tips for Understanding Research Studies

Posted by on January 5th, 2018 0 comments Tags: ,

Reading or hearing health news stories can be confusing and difficult to understand. It can be hard to know what to believe. Health News Review has compiled a list of tipsheets, links, and other resources to help both journalists and health care consumers evaluate claims about health care interventions. Here you will find such topics… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

Dec

12

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Generic Drugs

Posted by on December 12th, 2017 0 comments

In the United States, 9 out of 10 prescriptions filled are for generic drugs. Increasing the availability of generic drugs helps to create competition in the marketplace, which then helps to make treatment more affordable and increases access to healthcare for more patients. The FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) within the Center for Drug Evaluation… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

Dec

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NIH News in Health, December 2017

Posted by on December 8th, 2017 0 comments

Check out the December issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research.

Posted in: Chronic Disease, General, Health Information Literacy

Nov

30

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AHRQ Finds Limited Use of Health Literacy Techniques Among Clinicians

Posted by on November 30th, 2017 0 comments

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Anew AHRQ study found that most adults did not report always receiving health literacy universal precautions. The study, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Are Still a Distant Dream: Analysis of U.S. Data on Health Literate Practices, published in Health Literacy Research and Practice, analyzed data from AHRQ’s Medical… Read More »

Posted in: General, Health Information Literacy, Public Health

Nov

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Understanding Lab Tests: Resources from NLM

Posted by on November 16th, 2017 0 comments

Laboratory tests (often known as lab tests) check a sample of blood, urine, or body tissues, and then a technician or doctor analyzes the test samples to see if the results fall within a normal range. It may be difficult for patients to understand the purpose and results of lab tests, so the National Library… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Multilingual, National Library of Medicine News, Websites

Oct

27

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The Imperative for Learning Health Systems to Address Health Literacy

Posted by on October 27th, 2017 0 comments Tags: , ,

“Learn or perish” would be an apt slogan for health systems today. The rate of change in health care is high. Technological advancements, research, innovation, and market dynamics all drive the soaring complexity of the health care system. In order to survive, health systems must learn how to adapt, and in the process – we… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Health Information Literacy, Public Health

Oct

27

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Putting the Consumer Health Information Specialization to Work in Public Libraries

Posted by on October 27th, 2017 0 comments Tags: , ,

The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) credential can help public librarians stay current in the consumer health information field and bring an additional, recognized level of expertise to their communities. This webinar will provide an overview of the CHIS designation, including its requirements and benefits, and will also showcase specific projects and programs that public library… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, National Library of Medicine News, Public Library, Webinars

Oct

27

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Putting the Human into Health Literacy

Posted by on October 27th, 2017 0 comments Tags: , ,

Think about your favorite book. It probably kept you turning page after page because it had an engaging storyline, a relatable character, or a situation that resonated in some way with your personal life. Authors tell a story. Yet as healthcare communicators, the story is often removed and what’s left is information. The healthcare industry,… Read More »

Posted in: Articles, Health Information Literacy, Public Health

Oct

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Health Literacy Toolkit

Posted by on October 16th, 2017 0 comments

NNLM and the American Library Association have created a Health Literacy toolkit as part of the Libraries Transform campaign. To learn more about the toolkit, watch the NNLM MAR webinar with Amanda J. Wilson (NNLM) and Jeff Julian (ALA) as they discuss NNLM’s mission to support health literacy efforts in libraries and explain how to use… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy, Public Library, Websites

Oct

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The Importance of Health Literacy

Posted by on October 12th, 2017 0 comments

October is Health Literacy Month, and a good time to review the idea of the Universal Precautions approach.  Universal Precautions is a concept in medicine aimed at preventing the transmission of bloodborne infections. The idea is to assume infection could be present and take the needed precautions at all times. These steps are incorporated into… Read More »

Posted in: Health Information Literacy

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