Health Literacy Defined
Health literacy: Accurate, accessible, and actionable health information for all.
Centers for Disease Control. Lead Health Literacy Initiative. Accessed 10/20/2014.
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
Institute of Medicine. 2004. Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.
Best Practice and Guidelines
About This Guide
This guide provides resources, tools and information for professionals hoping to learn more about health literacy/patient education and how to apply best practices to their own work educating and informing patients and caregivers. This guide is aimed at serving the NYU community. Specific book titles are only accessible with NYU login credentials.
The Health Literacy Quickguide is a good starting point. The guide is designed to be a quick and easy reference, filled with facts, definitions, helpful tips, checklists, and resources you can use on the job. It contatins factsheets, strategies, and resources. Created by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Patient Education and Health Literacy at NYU Langone
Healthwise is the first choice for patient education at NYU Langone. However, when specialized content is needed check the Sharepoint database of NYULMC-created documents here: NYU Langone's Patient Handouts through @NYULMC (with Kerberos ID/email password). A third source is Lexicomp, particularly for medications in other languages.