For over a decade, the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine has strived to improve health literacy by working with patients and clinicians to develop plain language health education materials. Much of our work has focused on improving colorectal cancer screening and diabetes self-management. This website contains a compilation of the materials we have developed for these topics. These materials should allow you to conduct comprehensive colorectal cancer screening (including outreach) and diabetes education (including using videos as part of group classes). Below we provide brief descriptions of the materials that are currently available. 

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What blood pressure is, how to control it, and why it's important.  4 minutes. Part 6 of a 7-part series discussing how diabetes is caused, how it affects the body, and how to live with it. Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all ...

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Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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What cholesterol is, how to control it, and why it's important.  6 minutes. Part 7 of a 7-part series discussing how diabetes is caused, how it affects the body, and how to live with it. Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all ...

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Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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As demonstrated in "Checking Your Blood Sugar," this diary can be used by patients to chart their glucose levels over the course of a day. Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all levels of literacy and education about the ...

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Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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This is a longer version of the blood sugar diary, on which patients can write down daily glucose levels for 14 days. Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all levels of literacy and education about the causes of diabetes, its treatment, ...

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Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and ...

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Associate Professor

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We created single-page, plain language medication information sheets with content appropriately sequenced from a patient’s perspective (drug name, indication, purpose/benefit, how to take, for how long, when to call your doctor, when to stop taking and ...

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Associate Professor

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Diabetes Link was created by Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and community partners for adult patients with prediabetes and type 2 diabetes who need to lose weight. It was a FREE telephone service that helps patients find and use ...

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Professor of Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Public Health

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This  2-minute patient education video is targeted at individuals age 65 and older who are eligible to receive a pneumococcal vaccination. The video is designed to share key information about pneumonia and the pneumococcal vaccine as well as one man’s ...

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Research Professor
Associate Professor

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Plan Your Lifespan is a free website to help people plan for health events that happen with age. Users can learn valuable information, connect to local resources, and share their plans with family and friends. This website is targeted at individuals age ...

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Associate Professor
Research Professor

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An introduction to diabetes and its causes.  5 minutes. Part 1 of a 7-part series discussing how diabetes is caused, how it affects the body, and how to live with it.   Our diabetes modules are designed to teach patients of all levels of literacy and ...

Authoring Investigator(s): 

Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; and Executive Vice President for Healthcare Quality Evaluation at The Joint Commission
Associate Professor

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