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Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) Research Guide: Easy-To-Read


Easy-To-Read Research Guide

Health Sites


Patient Education program to promote communication between health care providers and patients.

CDC Simply Put!

CDC site is the Gateway to Health Communication and Social Marketing information. Simply Put is the CDC guide for creating easy-to-read health materials.

Universal Symbols (RWJ)

Health Literacy Resources

Understanding Medical Words

Understanding Medical Words: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

This tutorial will walk you through ways to better understand medical words that your doctor may be using.

Medical Word Parts and What They Mean

Word Parts and What They Mean (

Below are examples of the contents of the Word Part tables available from MedlinePlus. Each category is in green. Below each category are 3 examples terms (Part) and their meaning (Definition). Click on the link above to view the entire table from

General Words Colors
auto- self chlor-; chloro- green
fibr-; fibro- fiber leuk-; leuko- white
oxy- sharp, acute, oxygen xanth-; xantho- yellow
Body Parts and Disorders Physical Properties and Shapes
blephar-   eyelid kyph-; kypho- humped
cardi-; cardio-    heart scoli-; scolio- twisted
thromb-; thrombo- blood clot reticul-; reticulo- net
Positions and Directions Good and Bad
dia-   across, through -emia blood condition
ect-; ecto-; exo-; outer, outside -iasis condition, formation of
retro-; backward; behind necro- death
Numbers and Amounts Procedures, Diagnosis and Surgery
hyper-    above, beyond, excessive -otomy opening
iso- equal, like -pexy surgical fixation
-melagy enlargement -tripsy crushing

Interactive Health Tutorials

Interactive Health Tutorials from

MedlinePlus presents interactive health tutorials from the Patient Education Institute. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for a variety of diseases and conditions. Also learn about surgeries, prevention and wellness. Each tutorial includes animated graphics, audio and easy-to-read language.

The options available include an Interactive Tutorial, a Self-Playing tutorial, and Text Summaries.

Categories include: Diseases and Conditions; Tests and Diagnostic Procedures; Surgery and Treatment Procedures; Prevention and Wellness

The information contained in these tutorials is for general medical information only, and does not replace your doctor's input or advice.

Healthy Roads Media - Online Tutorials

Health information access is a basic healthcare need. Literacy, health-literacy, illness, aging, disability and language are all issues that can pose barriers to obtaining basic health information. This site contains fhealth education materials in a number of languages and a variety of formats. They are being developed to provide health information for diverse populations in a variety of settings.