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Health Literacy Action:
Toolkit for Patient Educators

Committee Member Resource Suggestions


Plain Language

Medspeak in Plain Language – Medical Library Association
http://www.mlanet.org/resources/medspeak/medspeak_plain.html

Tools for Assessing Cultural Competency
http://www.aarc.org/resources/cultural_diversity/assessing_competency.cfm

PlainTrain, the Plain Language Online Training Program
English version - www.web.net/~plain/PlainTrain/index.html
French version - www.web.net/~plain/PlainTrain/Francais/index.html

Clear Language and Design (CLAD)
http://www.eastendliteracy.on.ca/clearlanguageanddesign/

DISCERN
http://www.discern.org.uk/

NIH Plain Language Training
http://plainlanguage.nih.gov/CBTs/PlainLanguage/login.asp

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN)
www.plainlanguage.gov


Readability

Fry
http://www.csudh.edu/fisher/FryGraph.html

Readability index calculator
http://www.standards-schmandards.com/exhibits/rix/

Clean Language and Design- reading effectiveness tool
http://www.eastendliteracy.on.ca/clearlanguageanddesign/
readingeffectivenesstool/start.htm

SMOG – Simple Measure of Gobbledygook
http://www.harrymclaughlin.com/SMOG.htm

SMOG calculator
http://www.wordscount.info/wc/jsp/clear/analyze_smog.jsp

Writing Sample Analyzer
http://www.bluecentauri.com/tools/writer/sample.php


Developing Effective Print Materials

Hamilton Health Sciences (2008) Writing health information for patients and families: A guide to creating patient education materials that are easy to read, understand and use. Hamilton: Hamilton Health Science.

Jewish General Hospital (2008) How to create effective written patient learning materials. Montreal: Jewish General Hospital.

National Cancer Institute. (2003). Clear & Simple: Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers. Retrieved on June 16,  2008, from http://www.cancer.gov/aboutnci/oc/clear-and-simple 

SAM Suitability Assessment of Materials
http://www.aspiruslibrary.org/literacy/SAM.pdf


Health Literacy and Plain Language

van Haaften, Jami. (2010). Health Literary & Plain Language
[PowerPoint Presentation].


Websites and usability

U.S. Dept of Health and human services (2006). Research-Based Web Design & Usability Guidelines. Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office.
View Report     usability.gov

European Union Usability.net  usabilitynet.org