Health Literacy

Exploring the definition and importance of health literacy in maintenance of health and the healthcare system.

“Health literacy requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, as well as the ability to apply these skills to health situations…

…it includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex health care systems.

More recent definitions focus on specific skills needed to navigate the health care system and the importance of clear communication between health care providers and their patients.

Both health care providers and patients play important roles in health literacy. The number of different definitions for health literacy demonstrate how the field has evolved.”