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Ellen Detlefsen <[log in to unmask]>
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On Mon, 3 Mar 2003 Roxanne Frantzen asked for "easy to read" information
on medications, particularly about psychotropics.

I'd like to suggest the PDFs available from T-MAP, the Texas Medication
ALgorithm Program, which have English and Spanish fact sheets and handouts
for patients with major mental illnesses (schizophrenia, and mood
disorders such as major drpression and bi-polar depression, etc.).  Some
of the T-MAP items specifically address medication information.  They can
be accessed at

Texas Medication Algorithm Project. Patient/Family Education Materials.
http://www.mhmr.state.tx.us/centraloffice/medicaldirector/PtEd.html

Other good sources for "easy to read" patient information (with less
material on mental illness, alas) include the following:

National Center for Farmworker Health, Inc. Bilingual Patient Education
Materials. http://www.ncfh.org/pateduc.htm

AND

University of California San Francisco. Student Homeless Clinic.
Low-Literacy Patient Education Handouts.
http://itsa.ucsf.edu/~hclinic/handouts.dir/lowlit.dir/lowlit.html

peace,
Ellen Detlefsen

Associate Professor, Department of Library & Information Science
Core Faculty, Center for Biomedical Informatics
Project Director, Highmark Minority Health Link
Chief, Information Dissemination Unit, Center for Late Life Mood Disorders

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