health literacy


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A measure of a person’s ability to understand health-related information and make informed decisions about that information. Health literacy includes interpreting prescriptions and following self care instructions

health literacy

Health care A measure of a person's ability to understand health-related information and make informed decisions about that information; HL includes interpreting prescriptions and following self care insturctions. See Literacy.

health lit·er·a·cy

(helth lit'ĕr-ă-sē)
nursing Ability of members of the public to read, understand, and interpret health care information.

health literacy

The capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services. A certain minimal degree of health literacy is necessary in order to make appropriate health decisions.
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24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Villaire, the CEO of a nationally renowned nonprofit dedicated to advancing health literacy and providing community health services, will be awarded the 2015 Cecilia and Leonard Doak Health Literacy Champion Award, Health Literacy Missouri (HLM) announced today.
DEVELOPING A systematic approach to health literacy is the key to improving care for Maori children with asthma.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) included health literacy as one of 20 priority areas and noted that it is fundamental to improving self-management of health conditions (IOM, 2004).
The widely accepted definition of health literacy states that it is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand the health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.
Health literacy has been consistently defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and services needed to prevent or treat illness.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that adult and pediatric patients have poorer health outcomes because of poor health literacy and numeracy skills.
As we approach the third decade of health literacy research, associations between adult literacy skills and health knowledge, self-care ability, health services utilization, clinical outcomes, and mortality have been thoroughly investigated (Baker et al.
There is also health literacy training available for health care professionals.
The report on health literacy 1 and medication safety evaluates a project undertaken in two community pharmacies, focusing on pharmacists and how they communicate with consumers.
Promoting health literacy to encourage prevention and wellness; workshop summary.
New research into health literacy levels across England has shown that health information is too complex, and that 43% of people aged between 16 and 65 years are unable to effectively understand and use everyday health information.
The new study adds weight to the argument, with researchers claiming that two-thirds of people who said they were in poor health had low health literacy skills.

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