Does the library have resources to help me determine readability of patient education information for patients at different reading levels?



There are a number of helpful resources you can look at: 

§  CDC Health Literacy – Develop and Test Materials

§  NNLM Health Literacy

§  Dynamic search of health literacy articles in PubMed:

§  HHS university plain language course:

§  Plain language Web site:

§  National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care:





Assessing the Readability of Medical Documents: A Ranking Approach.

Zheng J, Yu H.

JMIR Med Inform. 2018 Mar 23;6(1):e17. doi: 10.2196/medinform.8611.

PMID: 29572199 Free PMC article.


Patient education and health literacy.

Wittink H, Oosterhaven J.

Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2018 Dec;38:120-127. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2018.06.004. Epub 2018 Jun 27.

PMID: 30017902


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