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Patient Education

Health literacy is a complex issue that effects a patient’s safety, overall health and impacts healthcare spending (National Network of Libraries of Medicine: Health Literacy). This document of Health Literacy resources have been compiled by the VHA librarians and library technicians to assist VHA staff in working more effectively with our Veteran patients. Included are health literacy materials, readability formulas, free resources for pictograms and graphics, and sites that assist in writing low-literacy patient education materials.

The following library resources have patient education materials included in the national subscription. Patient education materials can be printed and distributed to Veterans, caregivers, and their families.

AccessEmergency Medicine
  • English reading level: 6th to 8th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish and select materials available in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
AccessMedicine
  • English reading level: 6th to 8th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish and select materials available in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
AccessPharmacy
  • English reading level: 6th to 8th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish and select materials available in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
AccessSurgery
  • English reading level: 6th to 8th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish and select materials available in Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
ClinicalKey
  • English reading level: 4th to 5th grade for documents listed as Easy to Read, 7th to 8th grade for all other documents
  • Other languages available: select materials available in Arabic, Bosnian, Canadian French, Chinese (Mandarin/Traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
ClinicalKey for Nursing
  • English reading level: 4th to 5th grade for documents listed as Easy to Read, 7th to 8th grade for all other documents
  • Other languages available: select materials available in Arabic, Bosnian, Canadian French, Chinese (Mandarin/Traditional), Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
LexiComp Online for Dentistry
  • English reading level: 5th to 7th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish; select materials available in Arabic, Chinese, Creole, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Tagalog, Turkish, and Vietnamese
Natural Medicines
  • English reading level: 7th grade
  • Other languages available: French and Spanish
Nutrition Care Manual
  • English reading level: 6th grade
  • Other languages available: Spanish
Psychiatry Online
  • English reading level: high school
  • Other languages available: None
Rehabilitation Reference Center
  • English reading level: 5th to 7th grade
  • Other langauages available: Spanish
Social Work Reference Center
  • English reading level: 5th to 7th grade
  • Other langauages available: Spanish
UpToDate
  • English reading level: 5th to 6th grade for documents labeled Patient Education Basics, 9th to 12th for documents labeled Beyond the Basics
  • Other langauages available: Spanish
Visual DX
  • English reading level: 4th to 5th grade
  • Other languages available: None

 

The Veterans Health Library, available from the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP) contains an extensive collection of info on Diseases and Conditions and Living With sections that were approved by VHA subject experts.

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