We maintain this collection of resources for professionals interested in health numeracy and literacy practice.
Development Tools
Making Numbers Meaningful Blog
We write about current topics in health literacy, numeracy, and communicating health information to patients.
Usability.gov is the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors.
PlainLanguage.gov helps U.S government agencies make it easier for the public to read, understand, and use government communications, and can help non-government organizations as well.
AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit
The AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd edition, helps primary care practices increase understanding of health information for patients of all health literacy levels.
Health Literacy in Clinical Research Video
This short video is a great introduction to health literacy and how it applies within the clinical research context.
Guidelines for Creating Materials
Published by Rima Rudd, this guideline for creating materials focuses on plain language, organization, layout, and design.
Guidelines for Rewriting Materials
Published by Rima Rudd, this guideline for rewriting materials provides a handy 7-step checklist.
Assessment Tools
CDC Clear Communication Index
This 20-item research-based index is for assessing public health communication materials to ensure easy comprehension. A separate Index Widget can be incorporated into websites.
Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT)
An instrument to assess the understandability and actionability of print and audiovisual patient education materials from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
PMOSE/IKIRSCH Document Readability Formula
Published by Mosenthal and Kirsch in 1998, this innovative assessment tool focuses on documents in the form of lists, charts and graphs, and offers a scoring mechanism for assessing them.
SMOG Readability Formula
Published by McLaughlin in 1969, this tool is for assessing the reading level of prose [material in sentence and paragraph format] and is useful for rapid assessment or field work.
Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM)
Developed by Doak, Doak, and Root, the SAM enables reviewers to move beyond mere readability assessments to consider the impact of format, design, and culture.
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