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AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Toolkit can help primary care practices reduce the complexity of health care, increase patient understanding of health information, and enhance support for patients of all health literacy levels.
Adult Literacy and Numeracy
Literacy is understanding, evaluating, using, and engaging with written text to participate in society to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.
Numeracy is the ability to access, use, interpret, and communicate mathematical information and ideas to engage in and manage mathematical demands of a range of situations in adult life.
Defining Health Literacy
What is Health Literacy?
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. Seeking medical care, taking medications correctly, and following prescribed treatments requires that people understand how to access and apply health information.
What is Health Literacy?
Health Literacy Campaign from the New York City Office of Workforce Development
Health Literacy: The Solid Facts
from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Chat with a Librarian
To comply with social distancing guidelines, the ACOM Librarians are working remotely and may be delayed in responding to your message. If you email us and don't get a response within a reasonable time, please send us a reminder! Stay safe!
Phone: (334) 699-2266 ext. 4242
Inside ACOM, just dial 4242.
Text: (334) 384-0868
Health Literacy Measurement Tools
Four tools to measure individuals' reading comprehension in a medical context. This page includes two new tools that allow direct comparison of health literacy in speakers of English and Spanish. These tools can be used for research, clinical, or program planning purposes.
Health Literacy Tool Shed
Online database of health literacy measures from the National Library of Medicine. The site contains information about measures, including their psychometric properties, based on a review of the peer-reviewed literature.