ERIC Number: ED345042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Literacy and Health Education. Final Report.
Schinnow, Laura; And Others
A project was designed to improve communication between health professionals and patients with low literacy levels. A survey was sent to over 600 health professionals to identify their awareness of undereducated adults, determine priorities in patient communication, and collect a sample of current educational materials; 132 surveys were returned. A survey distributed to adults investigated opinions of relationships with health care providers, use and understanding of medicines, and adults' responsibility for getting answers about health-related questions. These adults were students in adult basic education, General Educational Development programs, English-as-a-Second-Language, and continuing education classes or were participants in community agencies and civic organizations; 546 returned surveys. Health professionals also provided over 200 pieces of information that were distributed to patients. These materials were divided into five categories to demonstrate effective and ineffective written communication. A continuing education workshop was conducted for health professionals. Student materials developed included an introduction for teachers/tutors on "teaching patienthood," an instructional guide, and six worksheets. (The nine-page report is followed by these appendixes: instruments and correspondence; samples of brochures; workshop publicity materials; workshop handouts and evaluation; student materials; community awareness publicity materials; and 11 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Caregivers, Educational Research, Educationally Disadvantaged, Health Education, Health Personnel, Illiteracy, Instructional Materials, Literacy Education, Material Development, Medical Services, Patient Education, Physician Patient Relationship, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Personnel, Surveys, Workshops, Writing (Composition)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Iowa Valley Community Coll. District, Marshalltown, IA.