Florida university nets federal grant to improve health literacy

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Nova Southeastern University’s medical school, the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), in Fort Lauderdale-Davie, Fla., has received a $1.35 million federal grant to create methods to evaluate patients’ health literacy; the ability to get and use information to receive optimal care.

The grant, awarded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, will be used by Nova' Southeastern's COM to develop assessment methods.

COM’s health literacy measure will be administered to participants on touch-screen computers. According to the University, the measure will include questions about reading and video simulations of patients interacting with doctors. The four-year study will be conducted in both Spanish and English.