By Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition is an easy-to-use guide designed for the busy health professional. It is written in a way to inform and inspire, not overwhelm you.
Helen Osborne is recognized for her expertise in health literacy. In this book she presents key principles and and how-to strategies in a simple, informal manner. There are 42 stand-alone chapters, arranged alphabetically. Each chapter includes: Starting Points (introductory information providing context for strategies that follow); Strategies, Ideas, and Suggestions (how-to ways of communicating clearly); Stories from Practice (real-life experiences to make key points come alive); Citations (references from books, podcasts, articles, and more); and Sources to Learn More (to continue learning about each topic).
The republished version of this book has a spiffy new cover, redesigned pages, and updated reference links. All with the same practical content inside.
Whether you are a physician, nurse, pharmacist, allied health professional, case manager, public health specialist, practice manager, health educator, student, or family caregiver–this book is for you.
Awards, Reviews, and Comments
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition has won several awards for excellence including from the American Medical Writers Association and its New England chapter.
It also received a 5-star, 100-point review from Doody’s Review of Books. “This book is detailed, but well written and easy to read. It would prove a worthy resource for all healthcare providers and bedside caregivers as well as medical and college libraries. This is an excellent book and highly recommended.”
More reviews from readers:
- “This timeless guide is essential for health communicators. Especially in this era of complex, consumer-drive health care, Health Literacy from A to Z is like having a trusted colleague offer thoughtful, clear, practical advice for making health information usable, understandable and always respectful.” Leigh Curtin-Wilding MSc, Director of Boston University’s Health Communication Graduate Program
- “This book provides a great solution to this ubiquitous problem. It’s very well-written; easy to read; and chock-full of facts and information, which can be used daily in clinical practise. I especially love the ‘Stories from Practice’ which provide real life examples of how these tools can be used!” Aniruddha Malpani, MD, Mumbai, India
- “As Patient/Family Education Coordinator for our hospital I spent a over a year learning piecemeal what is offered in a nutshell in this book. It also gives detailed ‘Sources to Learn More’ at the end of each chapter. No digging for additional info–it is right there at your fingertips. I wish I had had this book when I first started in this postion. It would have been helpful in steering me on a more efficient path.” Bonnie Ronan, Patient/Family Education Coordinator
- “You can read the book from A to Z, if that’s your preferred approach. Or you can look up a topic of interest, such as Document Design, Interpreters and Translations, Listening and Speaking, Numeracy, Visuals, or any of the others, including several important chapters on Knowing Your Audience. My favorite way to read it is to open it up anywhere and read whatever is on that page, because everything in the book is practical what-to-do and how-to-do-it.” Naomi Karten, Author and Speaker
Listen as Helen Osborne discusses this book in a Health Literacy Out Loud podcast
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