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    Critical Analysis on Best Practices in Health Literacy
    Shohet, L., & Renaud, L. (2006). Critical analysis on best practices in health literacy. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 97(2), S10-13
    This paper provides an overview of the broadening scope of health literacy, from the context of best practices presented at the second Canadian Conference on Literacy and Health. It addresses practices such as various forms of clear communication, health literacy training for health care professionals, and capacity-building through action research, as well as the need for further research.

    Enhancing Student Knowledge About the Prevalence and Consequences of Low Health Literacy
    Sicat, B. L. & Hill, L. H. (2005, August 15). Enhancing student knowledge about the prevalence and consequences of low health literacy. American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, 69 (4), 460-466.
    This article reports how a specific educational approach was successful in training pharmacy students in health literacy awareness, knowledge, and strategies to help patients with low literacy skills.

    Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion
    Health literacy: A prescription to end confusion (2004). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. (Institute of Medicine Report).
    This report raises awareness and provides support for health care systems to reduce the negative effects of limited health literacy.
    For other Institute of Medicine Reports on health literacy, go to http://www.iom.edu/ and put "health literacy" in the keyword search.

    Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review
    Berkman, N. D., Sheridan, S. L., Donahue, K. E., Halpern, D. J., Viera, A., Crotty, K., Holland, A., Brasure, M., Lohr, K. N. , Harden, E., Tant, E., Wallace, I., & Viswanathan. M. (2011, March). Health literacy interventions and outcomes: An updated systematic review. (AHRQ Publication Number 11-E006.) Rockville, MD.: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
    An update to the 2004 evidence report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Literacy and Health Outcomes, this new report reviews 81 studies addressing health outcomes and 42 studies addressing interventions.

    Health Literacy Missouri
    This statewide coalition has become a major resource for the field, through its creative in-state projects and by convening broader discussions and support for new initiatives nationwide. This site is continually updated to list a variety of useful resources, including upcoming events, new developments in the field, and an extensive searchable database of reports and materials.

    The Health Literacy of America's Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
    Kutner, M., Greenberg, E., Jin, Y., & Paulsen, C. (2006). The health literacy of America's adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics. (NCES Report 2006483).
    This report is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States.

    Literacy and Health in America
    Kirsch, I., Rudd, R., Yamamoto, K. (2004). Literacy and health in America. Princeton, NJ: Educational Testing Service. (ETS Report PIC-HEALTH).
    This report examines the relationship between literacy and health using data from large-scale surveys of adult literacy conducted by the Educational Testing Service for the U.S. Department of Education. Included in these assessments are health-related materials and tasks.

    Literacy and Health Outcomes: Evidence Report
    Berkman, N. D., DeWalt, D. A., Pignone, M.P., Sheridan, S. L., Lohr, K. N., Lux, L., Sutton, S. F., Swinson, T., & Bonito, A. J. (2004). Literacy and health outcomes. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 87 (Prepared by RTI International-University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center under Contract No. 290-02-0016). Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (AHRQ Publication No. 04-E007-2).
    This report examines the relationship between literacy and various health outcomes and disparities, as well as interventions for people with low literacy skills.
    :: Summary: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcsums/litsum.htm
    :: Full report: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

    MEDLINE/PubMed Search and Health Literacy Information Resources
    Under "Health Literacy" click on the hotlink that says "MEDLINE/PubMed health literacy search" to run an up-to-date search for health literacy information on MEDLINE/PubMed.

    Monday R&R: Review of Health Literacy Research
    On the first Monday of each month, recent health literacy-related research is collected and put on this site as a service to complement the LINCS Health Literacy Discussion List. It is grouped into the following categories: Medical, Adult Education, Social/Public Health and Other.

    Understanding Health Literacy and its Barriers
    Zorn, M. Allen, M. P., & Horowitz, A. M. (2004). Understanding health literacy and its barriers. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine. (CBM 2004-1).
    This bibliography contains 651 relevant citations from 1998 through 2003.

    Validation of an Organizational Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit
    Wyna, M. K., Johnson, M., McCoy, T. P., Griffin, L. P., & Osborn, C. H. (2020, May 5). Validation of an organizational communication climate assessment toolkit. American Journal of Medical Quality, XX(X), 1-8.
    This article describes the development and testing of a tool to assess the organizational climate of hospitals and health centers, specifically in regard to patient-centered communication. Health literacy was one of the nine domains assessed in this tool.

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