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Health Literacy

What is Health Literacy? 

  • Health literacy represents the cognitive and social skills which determine the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health. Health literacy means more than being able to read pamphlets and successfully make appointments.  By improving people’s access to health information and their capacity to use it effectively,health literacy is critical to empowerment (WHO, 1998).
  • Health literacy is a wide range of skills and competencies that people develop over a lifetime to seek out, comprehend, evaluate, and use health information and concepts to make informed choices, reduce health risks, and increase quality of life (Zarcadoolus, Pleasant, Greer, 2006 ).
  • Health literacy is influenced by cultural factors, and by both the individual’s skills and the skills of the service provider. Health literacy is improved by developing the skills of individuals and by lowering the barriers created by health professionals and systems (Calgary       Charter, 2009).  

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  • My Blog links to some of my favorite resources and is a good place to learn about what's new in health literacy.
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