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College of Osteopathic Medicine: Rotations: Patient Education

This Research Guide puts together information that will be helpful to you while you are out on rotations.

Health Literacy Resources for Non-English Speaking Patients


From the NIH/National Library of Medicine, this site contains links to :

  • patient materials - from the drop down menus, select languages, media formats, authors
  • provider information - from the drop down menus select country, population, media format, or authors

Health Information in Multiple Languages (MedlinePlus)

Contains links to patient education information in non-English languages. You can also browse by health topic.

Online Training: Does My Patient Understand?

Does my patient understand? Free online course from the FDA with optional continuing education credit. Learn how to recognize patients with limited health literacy, and identify best practices for improving patient/provider communication.

Patient education information

5MinuteConsult Patient Handouts provided by Lexicomp®. Browse the list of handouts or select from your search results. Customization with your facilities contact information is available through My Account.

AAFP Conditions A-Z - The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Conditions A-Z has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP. Common conditions, medical diseases, treatments and health tips (many available in Spanish) are presented alphabetically and can be searched in STAT!Ref online.

Access Medicine's Patient Education. Information (by condition) is from McGraw-Hill's Postgraduate Medicine: The Practical Peer-Reviewed Journal for Primary Care Physicians.

ClinicalKey's Patient Education. Includes more than 1500 patient handouts. Can filter by specialty and authoring organizations. Handouts in Spanish available.

Consumer Health websites

Cleveland Clinic Health Information Library

search by topic, or category (diseases and conditions, treatments and procedures, drugs, devices & supplements, diagnostics and testing, symptoms)