Patient Safety Tool: Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers a free health literacy toolkit to help primary care practices implement universal health literacy precautions.

AHRQ commissioned the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to develop and test the Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit. "Health literacy is the ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate decisions," according to AHRQ. Universal precautions are standard, specific actions that reduce the risk for all patients, ensuring providers help all patients with limited health literacy.  

The toolkit is designed to help primary care practices assess their services for health literacy, raise awareness among staff and improve specific areas.

Download the health literacy toolkit for use in your own facility.

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