Trainings

Trainings

Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits. Learning How to Communicate Health Statistics

URL 1: https://nnlm.gov/class/making-sense-numbers-understanding-risks-and-benefits-learning-how-communicate-health-1

Date Developed: 11/14/2019. Source: National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region. Presenter(s): Nancy Shin. Type: Webinar. Level: Intermediate. Length: 90 minutes.

Annotation

Numeracy literacy is not only a problem for individuals receiving health information but also for those providing information that contain numbers. This class is a basic introduction for anyone who wants to understand how to communicate health information that involves numeracy. The purpose of this class is to understand risk and benefits from a layman’s perspective and to understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand. In this 1.5 hour class, participants will also be introduced to several NLM and NIH tools that will help in the development of educational materials. Audience is anyone providing health information to the general public, including healthcare instructors, public and medical librarians, patient educators.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

• Understand their role in risk communication and health numeracy.

• Understand risk and benefit statistics from a layman’s perspective.

• Understand that the communication of numbers must be clear and easy to understand.

• Understand that numeracy is a key component of health literacy and shared decision making in managing one’s health.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.