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Health Literacy and Patient Education

This guide was created for health professionals who have an interest in health literacy, patient education and making healthcare information understandable to all. It provides links to books and journals, as well as other quality sources.

Health Literacy and Patient Education

When none of the vendor sources meet the patient education needs, try:

Best Practice and Guidelines

Start Here

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 Resources at NYU Langone Health

  • Staywell (by Krames) is the first choice for patient education at NYU Langone for clinicians and other patient educators.  This content is available in the EPIC After Visit Summary (AVS) and via the Clinical References tab. 
  • For custom content created by NYU Langone clinician authors, please check our Patient Handout Library on InsideHealth :    This resource may be added to your intranet homepage's Favorites box by:
    • clicking on "View full catalog"
    • searching the phrase Patient Education Handouts and clicking the star to "favorite."
  • A third source is the patient education handouts in Lexicomp.  A comprehensive resource of clinical information and tools, Lexicomp also offers patient education sheets and is particularly good for med sheets in other languages.  Lexicomp is available from the library's website (  Those with Epic access can also find it in the MAR.