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Graphic Medicine as a Tool to Increase Health Literacy


Jamie Stanfield MA, MLIS 
Business & Health Librarian 
University Libraries 
University of Southern Mississippi 

What is graphic medicine and how can it help increase the low health literacy rates seen globally? The term “graphic medicine” is broad, but Dr. Ian Williams defines graphic medicine as “the intersection between the medium of comics and the discourse of healthcare” (Czerwiec et al.). It is “comics meets health care” and a useful tool to teach health literacy, which allows healthcare recipients to make more informed decisions. Global health literacy rates are low, and the United States is no exception. Only 12% of adults aged 16-65 years achieved the highest literacy proficiency level on a scale of one to five (Centers for Disease Control). Graphic medicine as a health literacy tool is affordable and easily obtainable, crosses barriers of language and literacy, and entices reluctant readers. Learning from text plus pictures, graphic games, and other graphic medicine materials may also offer improved memory recall and retention rather than traditional text alone...

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American Academy of Pediatrics
Pediatric Clinical Practice Guidelines and Policies: A Compendium of Evidence-based Research for Pediatric Practice, 22nd Edition
Editor: AAP

Keep current with the latest clinical practice guidelines and policies from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), covering more than 40 conditions plus every AAP policy statement, clinical ...

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Slack Incorporated
Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach, 2nd Edition
Author: Cole , Marilyn B.

Applied Theories in Occupational Therapy: A Practical Approach, Second Edition provides a system-based, comprehensive overview of the theories, models, and frames of reference that ...

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McGraw Hill
Hazzard's Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, 8th Edition
Editor: Halter , Jeffrey B.

The leading text on the subject of geriatrics, this comprehensive guide combines gerontology principles with clinical geriatrics, offering unmatched coverage of this area of medicine. Anchored in ...

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