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This is the Regional Health Literacy Coalition’s website, which has information and news about health literacy for healthcare providers and consumers.

This study proposes a model development process for patient decision aids that could be applied to planning wider information resources. Key stages are scoping (including objective setting), steering, designing, testing and evaluating.

This guide gives hundreds of plain English alternatives to ‘the ‘pompous words and phrases that litter official writing’.

Presentation outlining addressing low health literacy in North Carolina.

This paper examines the association between health literacy and diabetes outcomes among patients with type 2 diabetes.

Sets out components and requirements of user testing medicines patient information leaflets.

This webpage looks at ideas from studies about how to communicate health information clearly, use plain language and visual communication as effectively as possible.

The UK’s leading Health Literacy organisation, working to create a more Health Literate Health and Social Care system.


The DIY Health project provides a useful framework for delivering important health messages, emphasising the collaboration between health professionals, learning specialists and local people. This is of particular relevance when supporting parents to manage minor ailments in children under the age of 5 appropriately.
The sessions are based on a 12 week curriculum co-designed by parents and the facilitation team. The core curriculum covers fever, gastroenteritis, colds and flu, feeding and eczema (continually negotiated).
Working with families to design interventions that are developed with and for them is key to their success. The DIY project is underpinned by this co-productive approach and gives parents a stake in their healthcare environment, in line with self-care approaches.

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