Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – [US] AHRQ – April 2010

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit – [US] AHRQ – April 2010

Suggested Citation:
DeWalt DA, Callahan LF, Hawk VH, Broucksou KA, Hink A, Rudd R, Brach C. Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. (Prepared by North Carolina Network Consortium, The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, under Contract No. HHSA290200710014.) AHRQ Publication No. 10-0046-EF) Rockville, MD. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. April 2010.

The toolkit is based on the principles of universal precautions or specific actions that providers can take to make health information more understandable for all patients.  It is designed to be used by all levels of staff in practices providing primary care for adults and/or children.  The toolkit was developed for AHRQ by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Medical care is complicated, and many people struggle with understanding medications, self care, instructions, and followup plans. The way we organize our practice and communicate with patients can help to minimize confusion and lead to better health outcomes. This toolkit is designed to help practices take a systematic approach to reducing the complexity of medical care and ensure that patients can succeed in the health care environment.”

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