Modifying Health Information into Plain Language

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Teaching Strategy Description:

The teaching learning strategy is the actual use of a readability tool to modify health information to plain language.  Students document all the information about the community client on the four practice tools described earlier in domains 2, 3, and 4. The context of documentation is within the community clinical course and the documentation of information to complete the four practice tools described earlier in survey. The students document their work by posting the completed four practice tools on the university online course shell discussion forum for peers and faculty to read.

Teaching Context:

  • Third year community clinical course with a focus on health literacy; will vary with the community placement and client population


Ferguson, L., Sparkes, J.,  & Valaitis, R. (2012). Information Technology. In L. Stamler, & L. Yiu (Eds.), Community Health Nursing: A Canadian perspective (3rd ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.


Submitted by: Ruth Schofield, McMaster University/ Mohawk Conestoga College

Indicator(s): 5.1, 5.2, 5.3