It’s Health Literacy month!
How do you engage people and help them understand information?
What are your guiding principles?
Want to share examples that turn these principles into concrete realities…?
Here’s a bit about what we do…
The Cancer Publications Branch (CPB) at NCI works to help people:
- Learn the most important information
- Understand steps and actions they need to take
- Interact with the medical team, and ask questions to learn more
Here are some “insider tips” we use to help readers:
- Use active voice and conversational tone
- Use “you” – write in the 2nd person, to the person with cancer
- Use simple words and define medical words
- Use margins, white space, headings and short line lengths
- Use medical illustrations and tables
- Use bulleted lists and headings
- Keep paragraphs and sentences short
Here are some award-winning pubs that turn these literacy research principles into reality!
Check out these NIH and NCI resourcesto learn more about health literacy: