Health Literacy PowerPoint
Health is wealth:
Health literacy is defined by the Institute of Medicine as, "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions."
In one study, the rate of death in illiterate heart patients was 17.6% versus 6.3% for patients with adequate health literacy. (JAMA. 2011;305(16):1695-1701. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.512)
The learning goals for this show are:
- What is health literacy and why it is important?
- What are the 3 critical components of health literacy and how do you achieve them?
- Which skills and benefits are needed to navigate the healthcare system?
- What are the 3 questions any person needs to ask for any health issue? (Source: National Patient Safety Foundation, ask me 3)
7 GREAT Highlights and engaging features:
- The highlight of the show is the embedded (or linked) 1984 internet video, "Tobacco Institute: Benefits of Smoking", which is very insightful about popular opinion and conflicts of interest versus real scientific evidence and public health expert advice.
- This show explains how to find credible health information sources as well as how to spot which sources you should discard or limit. Most health experts are very frustrated at the amount of mis-information they have to battle on a regular basis.
- Seniors can feel more at ease when they understand how to find good information.
- Your adult weight loss patients won't be coming in with an idea they saw on Facebook that magically makes all the pounds melt off without any changes.
- Heart patients will stop trying to lower their cholesterol by eating more saturated fat because they read that in a guru's wellness newsletter.
- Persons with diabetes will learn where to go to learn more about their disease.
- You can train your staff so they give out better information and so they can use the 3 questions to see if patients understand what they need to do.
- Caregivers will be more confident about navigating the system for their loved ones.
- It has useful charts about how public policy, research and the dietary guidelines operate.
- The strength of this show is how it explains how to interpret a source of information to see if it is credible.
- Great website references are given for consumers for medical and nutrition information and research.
- And there are fun test scenarios given at the end so the audience can say true or false if they are a sound idea.
- There are great infographics which shows that at least 255 studies are found regarding a high-fiber diet for diet and heart disease versus 0 for the recommendation to use coconut oil for weight loss. PLUS the image of the number of news chanels taken at the Newseum is given to visually show the number of news sources in the average day of anyone with a smartphone or internet access.
Teens and adults with a reading level of 7th grade or higher.
It would be great for
- lunch and learn topics
- inservice training
- weight loss classes
- seniors who love to learn
- caregivers and adults who want to learn to guard their health
- high school or college health classes to teach students how to find good health information
- corporate talks
Length of time: 30-60 minutes. The embedded or linked video from the Tobacco archive is 25 minutes and it is so interesting you won't want to stop it but you could just play it for 10 minutes to get the examples and points across about "conflict of interest information" and "doing what everyone is doing"
# slides: 35 with speaker's notes
# shows: 2
- The portable file (.ppt) is 10 meg and it contains a link to watch the video on the internet (the small size is good for portability).
- The full file (.pptx) with the embedded video is 120 meg. You can watch the video without being online.
Handouts: 2 in PDF
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Why this show was written:
This show was inspired from all the calls we get from dietitians and other health care providers who are frustrated with the amount of mis-information they deal with on a regular basis. It was also inspired from a story on the Institute of Medicine's website where a woman with extreme abdominal pain was taken into a hospital and when the doctors said she would need exploratory surgery she said that is not going to make me feel better. And when she got home she died from appendicitis.
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