Smartphone-Dependents and Designing for Health Literacy

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Here’s a completely unsurprising fact: Lots of Americans are getting smartphones. According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, almost 2 out of 3 people in the U.S. have one. More interestingly, though, the report revealed that almost 1 in 5 Americans are accessing the internet only via their smartphone — Pew dubs … Continue reading

Frequently Asked Question: How do I recruit participants with limited health literacy skills?

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As we may have mentioned once or twice, we ❤ testing with your target audience — especially when the audience is people with limited health literacy skills. Your product will be more useful, relatable, and relevant because of it. But recruiting participants with limited health literacy skills isn’t easy. After all, you can’t just walk up to someone … Continue reading

Keep an Eye on “Monitor”

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Because it’s our — err, we meant your — favorite kind of post, we’ve got another installment of our unofficial “use simpler words” series. On the chopping block this week: “monitor.” Consider these somewhat vague statements: We’ll be monitoring your blood pressure from now on. Monitor your child’s fever to make sure it’s not getting higher. Use … Continue reading

2015 Health Literacy Events

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National events and conferences are great places to pick up new ideas, get perspective and inspiration, and strengthen your health communication muscles. They’re also excellent opportunities to meet other health literacy advocates, swap resources, and share strategies. Here are just a few of our favorite health literacy events coming up this year: Institute for Healthcare … Continue reading