Friday April 26th 2019

Access health literacy toolkit

Only 12 percent of adults in the United States have the health literacy skills needed to manage the demands of the nation’s complex health care system, and even their ability to absorb and use health information can be compromised by stress or illness.

Like blood safety, universal precautions should be taken to address health literacy, because nurses and other health care professionals can’t know which patients are challenged by health care information and tasks at any given time.

The AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – Second Edition can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, minimize miscommunication and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.

To download a copy of the AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, Second Edition go to www.ahrq.gov/literacy.

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