The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has written a research-based how-to guide for creating health Web sites.
The strategies in this guide complement accepted principles of good Web design and thus have the potential to improve the online experience for all users, regardless of literacy skills.
This guide is written for Web designers, Web content specialists, and other public health communication professionals.
Create a health Web site that’s easy to use, particularly for people with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web.
Studies show that simplifying your Web site improves the experience of all users, not just those with limited literacy skills. Clean layouts and familiar language are more usable for everyone.
The authors explain the strengths and weaknesses of using the Internet to communicate health information. In addition to reviewing key research findings, the authors outline specific challenges, opportunities, and ethical issues.