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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Contract: provision of comparative research into the impact of health literacy training on allied health professionals & any associated change in their patient outcomes.
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Kline describes health literacy as "the tools and resources needed to make informed decisions regarding preventative, routine, emergency, and end of life care.
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It can be used as a primary or supplemental text in a health literacy course or in a discipline-specific course such as nursing.
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Health literacy is a topic that is gaining attention in nursing programs in the United States.
Objective: This study was conducted to determine health literacy of Army population in Rawalpindi cantonment.
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A secondary analysis was performed to characterize the health literacy of bladder cancer survivors.

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