Design Agency ‘Frog’ Redesigns The Dreaded Gynecology Exam

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Cold metal. Eerie clicking sound. Torturous duck-billed shape. Yes, I’m talking about the speculum, the anxiety-inducing device that doctors use to check  vaginal health. Despite its status as an instrument of discomfort and its dark history–involving a doctor who experimented on slave women – the speculum remains to this day one of the centerpieces of the often dreaded annual pelvic exam.

A team of four designers at the global design agency Frog is on a mission to redesign it – and reimagine what it means to go to the gynecologist in the first place.

Improving health literacy
: guidelines

Clinical Advisor,

It is no longer recommended that patients with low health literacy be identified. Instead, Universal Health Literacy Precautions are recommended.

While some providers are concerned that using plain language with health-literate patients will offend, studies show that patients with adequate health literacy prefer to receive health information in an easier to understand format.

Further, research indicates that patients with limited literacy will avoid contact with the healthcare system if they fear that their literacy issues will be discovered.

  • Read more here
  • Access AHRQ health literacy universal precautions toolkit here
  • Access Toolkit for making written material clear and effective here