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Books about Health Literacy

Advancing Health Literacy: A Framework for Understanding and Action. By Christina Zarcadoolas, Andrew Pleasant, and David S. Greer. Jossey-Bass, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-0787984335.

From the publisher:This book thoroughly examines the critical role of literacy in public health and outlines a practical, effective model that bridges the gap between health education, health promotion, and health communication. This comprehensive resource includes the history of health literacy, theoretical foundations of health and language literacy, the role of the media, a series of case studies on important topics including prenatal care, anthrax, HIV/AIDS, genomics, and diabetes. The book concludes with a series of practical guidelines for the development and assessment of health communications materials. Also included are essential techniques needed to help people make informed decisions, advocate for themselves and their community, mitigate risk, and live healthier lives.
Digital Medicine: Health Care in the Internet Era. By Darrell M. West and Edward Alan Miller. 2nd edition. Brookings Institution Press, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0815704553.

From the publisher: Information technology has dramatically changed our lives in countless ways, and the trend gains new momentum every day. Now, led by President Barack Obama, government officials and policy advocates are urging greater use of IT and electronic communication to make Americans health care more effective and more efficient. Digital Medicine investigates the factors limiting digital technology's ability to remake health care and discusses how to overcome the obstacles to realizing that potential.
Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. By the Institute of Medicine: Committee on Health Literacy. Eds. Lynn Nielsen-Bohlman, Allison M. Panzer, and David A. Kindig. National Academies Press, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-0309091176. Available free online at: The National Academies Press.

Examines the body of knowledge that applies to the field of health literacy, and recommends actions to promote a health literate society.
Health Literacy, eHealth, and Communication: Putting the Consumer First: Workshop Summary. Ed. Lyla M. Hernandez. National Academies Press, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0309126427.

From the publisher: The Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy held a workshop to explore the current status of communication technology, the challenges for its use in populations with low health literacy, and the strategies for increasing the benefit of these technologies for populations with low health literacy. The summary of the workshop, Health Literacy, eHealth, and Communication: Putting the Consumer First, includes participants' comments on these issues.
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message. By Helen Osborne. 2nd edition. Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2011. ISBN-13: 978-1449600532.

From the publisher: An easy to use handbook designed for the busy health professional, filled with ideas and strategies that can be used in everyday practice. Learn the key principles and strategies of effective health communication presented in a simple, informal manner by one of the nation's leading experts in health literacy. The second edition is updated and revised to reflect current health literacy research and practice with new information about timely health literacy topics. The first edition was the 2006 winner of the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers Association, Will Solimene Award for Excellence in Medical Communication.
Health Literacy in Primary Care: A Clinician's Guide. By Gloria G. Mayer and Michael Villaire. Springer Publishing, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0826102294.

From the publisher: This clear, well written book is packed with examples and tips and will serve as a much needed guide for primary care providers, nurse practitioners, hospital administrators, and others who are looking for ways to improve their communication with patients and provide the most beneficial health care to their low-literacy patients. Includes: Common myths about low literacy, how to recognize patients with low literacy, strategies to help patients with low literacy and reduce medical errors, cultural issues in health literacy, ways to create a patient-friendly office environment, how to improve patient communication, guidelines to target and overcome common problems practitioners encounter.
Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice. By Maryalice Jordan-Marsh. Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0763758486.

From the publisher: Examines the wide range of resources used by health consumers to inform and support their decisions around their own health care. Using evidence-based practice and relevant theories, Health Technology Literacy: A Transdisciplinary Framework for Consumer-Oriented Practice analyzes the trend for health care systems to be reactive, while consumers are proactively seeking the health care information they feel they deserve.
The Medical Library Association Guide to Health Literacy. Eds. Marge Kars, Lynda M. Baker, and Feleta L. Wilson. Neal Shuman Publishers, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-1555706258.

From the publisher: This authoritative MLA guide will help you understand the vital role that medical, hospital, public, and health libraries are uniquely qualified to play in improving health literacy. You will learn innovative ways to use collection development, the reference interview, community health information, and Web resources. Case studies illustrate best practices, including ways to partner with health care providers and other organizations to create and fund health literacy programming in your community and make your library a vital player in this increasingly important information needs areas.
Plain Language Pediatrics: Health Literacy Strategies and Communication Resources for Common Pediatric Topics. Eds. Mary Ann Abrams and Bernard P. Dreyer. American Academy of Pediatrics, 2009 ISBN-13: 978-1581102659.

From the publisher: An essential tool to help improve communication between pediatrician and patient or family. Explores limited health literacy, including the scope of the problem, how it affects children in particular, and how pediatricians can address and overcome health literacy issues with patients and their caregivers.
Teaching Patients with Low Literacy Skills. By Cecilia Doak. 2nd edition. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1996. ISBN: 978-0397551613.

From the publisher: This practical text guides the reader in developing the necessary tools for teaching those patients with limited literacy skills. Nurses will learn proven strategies for evaluating comprehension and teaching patients using written materials, tapes, video, computer aided instruction, visuals, and graphics. An abundance of case studies helps to demonstrate the application of teaching/learning theory to actual practice.
Understanding Health Literacy: Implications for Medicine and Public Health. Eds. Joanne C. Schwartzberg, Jonathan B. VanGeest, and Claire C. Wang. American Medical Association, 2004. ISBN-13: 978-1579476304.

From the publisher: Organized into four distinct sections, this book offers findings and raises questions to lead to progressive communication and investigation around the issue of health literacy in the context of the individual, the community, and patient-physician interaction.
  WHCA Action Guide on Health Literacy: Evidence and Case Studies Pt. 2. Ed. Franklin Apfel . World Health Communication Associates Ltd., 2010. ISBN-13: 978-1907620003. Available free online at: World Health Communication Associates.

From the publisher: This guide is presented as a practical resource for use by local, national and international health, education and development advocates and agencies that are working on and/or planning to take action to enhance people's health literacy.
Writing, Speaking & Communication Skills for Health Professionals. By Stephanie Roberson Barnard, Kirk T. Hughes, and the Health Care Communication Group. Yale University Press, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0300088625.

From the publisher: This book brims with practical advice on a broad range of essential medical communication skills. The volume opens with an examination of how to organize the complex technical data encountered in clinics and the scientific literature. Next the book discusses the publication and presentation tasks that health care practitioners face, in particular the journal article, the grant, the conference poster, and the curriculum vitae. The third section of the volume explores teaching medicine and the problem-based record, and the final section deals with timely topics in the business of health care, including customer service, practice-building in competitive markets, meetings skills, and business writing. Easy to read and wide ranging, this book is the ideal communication primer for everyone in the health care field.

Health Literacy
Part of the National Library of Medicine's "Current Bibliographies in Medicine" series, covering January 1990 through October 1999 (479 citations).
Health Literacy Studies
The Harvard School of Public Health's Health Literacy Studies Web site includes literature reviews, population assessments, policy reports and assessments, and strategies and tools for practice.
Understanding Health Literacy and Its Barriers
Part of the National Library of Medicine's "Current Bibliographies in Medicine" series, covering January 1998 through November 2003 (651 citations).
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