December 18, 2014

Patient Education Materials

NEW! Introducing 40 Educational Handouts on Using Insulin

Low Literacy and Very Low Literacy Versions Available

ACU and the Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation announce the release of 40 educational handouts for patients who are starting insulin. Each handout is written in easy to understand language with simple illustrations.

The handouts are available in both English and Spanish and two literacy levels: low literacy and very low literacy. The handouts are free to download and distribute.

Using Insulin to Treat Your Diabetes: What It Means for You
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

About Insulin
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Insulin Syringes and Pens
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Injecting Insulin
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Needle Safety
English, low literacy (PDF)
/ very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Managing Daily Doses of Insulin
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Measuring Your Blood Sugar
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Tracking Blood Sugar Results
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Diet and Exercise
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

Travel Tips
English, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)
Spanish, low literacy (PDF) / very low literacy (PDF)

General Diabetes Patient Education Handouts

Through a partnership with Home Diagnostics, a producer of glucometers, the ACU has created new patient education materials focused on diabetes for a low literate and multicultural population. All were pilot tested in health clinics with patients served by ACU members. If you are interested in pilot testing low literacy materials developed by the ACU in your site, please contact Lois Wessel, CFNP.

Each flyer is available in tear pads of 25 sheets. To order, please use this order form (PDF).

Checking the Sugar in Your Blood if You Have Diabetes
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Understanding Pills You Take for Your Diabetes
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Diabetes and a More Active Lifestyle
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Healthy Eating and Diabetes
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Blood Sugar Too High or Too Low?
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Can I Get Diabetes?
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Insulin and Diabetes
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Diabetes and Your Mood
-Download & Print
English / Spanish

Other Sources for Patient Education Resources

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) offers free clinician and consumer guides that compare the benefits and risks of medications and/or other therapies for a wide range of health problems such as type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and rental artery stenosis.  The guides are based on the results of AHRQ’s comparative effectiveness research program. AHRQ is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  The consumer guides are available in English and Spanish.

Ambulatory care practices and hospitals may request up to 500 free copies of the clinician and consumer guides, and individual clinicians up to 200 copies, stock levels permitting. Audio versions of many guides also are available.

To order, call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 1-800-358-9295 or send an e-mail to ahrqpubs@ahrq.hhs.gov.

The National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities – offers patient education materials in English, Spanish and various other languages.

The Office of Minority Health offers patient education materials in English, Spanish and various other languages.