More Information: For Committee Opinion #676—Health Literacy to Promote Quality of Care

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Patient Education Materials
With more than 150 titles in English and Spanish, ACOG patient education materials are the best source of peer-reviewed information specifically designed for patients. They promote understanding, encourage knowledgeable questions, and offer support for healthy decision-making among patients.

External Resources

“What Did the Doctor Say?” Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety
This paper is a call to action by The Joint Commission for those who influence, develop or carry out policies that will lead the way in ensuring safe, high-quality health care.

AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
The AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd edition, is designed to 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.

Literacy, Numeracy, and Problem Solving in Technology-rich Environments among U.S. Adults: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies 2012 
This is a report of a study of the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competency (PIAAC), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics in 2011-12. The study’s goal was to assess and compare the basic skills and the broad range of competencies of adults around the world.

Simply Put: A Guide for Creating Easy-to-understand Materials.
The guidance in Simply Put, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, helps readers to transform complicated scientific and technical information into communication materials that audiences can relate to and understand. The guide provides practical ways to organize information and use language and visuals.

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