Cindy Brach is the lead for health literacy and cultural competence at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Brach helped create several very important health literacy tools and resources including AHRQ’s Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit and the Institute of Medicine’s discussion paper, “Ten Attributes of a Health Literate Health Care Organization.” Now, she is one of three authors of PEMAT: Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool.
In this podcast, Cindy Brach talks with Helen Osborne about:
- How PEMAT differs from other patient education material assessment tools.
- Using PEMAT to assess usability and actionability of print and audio-visual materials.
- Putting PEMAT into practice. Including how to score items and then use these scores to compare patient education materials.
More Ways to Learn:
- The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide. At http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/self-mgmt/pemat/index.html
- AHRQ. Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. At http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/literacy/
- Brach C, Keller D, Hernandez LM, Bauer C, Parker R, Dreyer B, Schyve P, Lemerise AJ, Schillinger D, “Ten Attributes of Health Literate Health Care Organizations,” (June 2012), discussion paper from the Institute of Medicine. At http://iom.edu/~/media/Files/Perspectives-Files/2012/Discussion-Papers/BPH_Ten_HLit_Attributes.pdf
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective. At http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/WrittenMaterialsToolkit/
- Health Literate Care Model: A Universal Precautions Approach. Graphic from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At http://www.health.gov/communication/literacy/Health_Lit_Care_Model_508.pdf
- Koh HK, Brach C, Harris LM, Parchman ML, “A Proposed ‘Health Literate Care Model’ Would Constitute A Systems Approach To Improving Patients’ Engagement in Care,” Health Affairs (Feb 2013). At http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/2/357.full?ijkey=qIr/pMsfcfBKM&keytype=ref&siteid=healthaff
- Osborne H (host), Brach C (guest), “Attributes of Health Literacy Organizations, HLOL podcast #82.” At /2012/08/14/health-literacy-out-loud-82-attributes-of-health-literate-organizations/
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 1, 2, 3, 46, 9, 27.
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