Posted: June 10, 2014

Patient Education Materials for a Low Health Literacy Population


Low health literacy is especially important to consider when designing educational handouts. In this initiative, we aimed to improve educational materials at a free clinic with a population at high risk for low health literacy. After conducting a needs assessment survey (n=41), we used a validated health literacy tool to design eight handouts appropriate for a low health literacy population. Sixty feedback surveys were conducted with an average of 7 surveys per topic. Ninety-five percent of feedback was positive. Our approach can be replicated at other institutions to improve patient understanding of health.


Health Equity Research, Health literacy, Patient education, Free Clinics, 2014 IQ Meeting


Amrita Mukhopadhyay, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Hila Calev, BA, University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine

Jill Huded, MD, Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine