We are a nation in a health literacy crisis. 1 in 2 U.S. adults have difficulty understanding and applying health information to their own self-care. This is according to a study by the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), which developed and conducts the Survey of Adult Skills. The survey measures adults’ proficiency in key information-processing skills - literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments - and gathers information and data on how adults use their skills at home, at work and in the wider community. The U.S. results are troubling as noted above.
Health literacy is an important component of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative's (IPEC) Core Competency: Interprofessional Communication Practices. The contents of this eToolkit are meant to help address that competency.
To further this goal, this eToolkit is also based upon the first-of-its-kind consensus work published on interprofessional educational health literacy competencies by Coleman CA, Hudson S, Maine LL. Health literacy practices and educational competencies for health professionals: a consensus study. J Health Commun. 2013;18 Suppl 1:82-102. In this study, through a consensus approach among a group of 23 health professions' education experts, appropriate and important knowledge, attitudes, skills and practices for mitigating health literacy that are shared across eleven health professions were identified. Items with a 90% or higher consensus among the study's panel of experts are addressed within this toolkit. Thus the following 10 competencies:
You'll find these competencies and more addressed in this eToolkit. For questions, comments, suggestions regarding this eToolkit, please email the current author, Karen Flaherty at: email@example.com
*original author credit to Michele Spatz