Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Clients’ and Nurse’s Education

 

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities: Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services
 
American Medical Association (AMA) Health Literacy Program:
 
British Columbia-BC Patient Safety & Quality Council “It’s good to Ask” program
 
CancerCare Ontario: Patient Education Evidence-based Series:
 
Health Literacy Connection
 
Health Literacy Universal Precautions Tool Kit
 
Manitoba Institute for Patient Safety: “It’s Safe to Ask” Program
 
North Carolina Program on Health Literacy
 
Safe to Ask
 
Society for Participatory Medicine
 
United States National Patient Safety Foundation: “Ask Me 3” Program
 
Classic text related to teaching patients with low literacy skills:
Doak, C., Doak, L. & Root, J. (1996). Teaching patients with low literacy skills. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott. The book is out of print but can be accessed online: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/healthliteracy/resources/doak-book/index.html
 
How to book on writing health information for patients and families:
Guidelines for Creating Materials:
Rudd, Rima E. (no date) Online Resources for Developing and Assessing Materials. Harvard Health Literacy Studies. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/healthliteracy/files/resources_for_creating_materials.pdf (accessed May 2, 2012)
 
Article which describes and dispels the myths of plain language and provides references on the research behind plain language strategies:
 Stableford, S. & Mettger, W. (2007). Plain language: A strategic response to the health literacy challenge. Journal of Public Health, 5, 395-404.