Health literacy universal precautions is defined as structuring the delivery of care in the practice as if every patient may have limited health literacy. To institute health literacy universal precautions, a practice will need a coordinated and clear approach for implementation. This project proposes to develop such an approach by compiling the best, evidence-based tools that are in the public domain or made available by copyright holders, and by developing tools to fill gaps where no practice-appropriate tools exist, thereby creating a Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. This Toolkit will address the following four key areas: 1) communication training and strategies for implementation for the entire practice; 2) system changes required to support consistent and coordinated care; 3) efficient use of educational media; and 4) linkage with community resources when available. Once the Toolkit is developed, a variety of primary care practices (including those primarily serving African-American, Hispanic, and Native American patients) will be approached to evaluate its face validity and feasibility; and modifications will be made based on this feedback. [This is the third Primary Care-Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) project under the (NCN) Consortium.].
Principal Investigator: Philip D. Sloane, M.D., M.P.H.
Scientific Directors: Leigh F. Callahan, Ph.D. and Darren A. DeWalt, M.D.
Funding Source: Agency for HealthCare Policy and Research (AHRQ)
Total Project Period: 04/08 – 01/28/12