One of the most cited definitions of health literacy is, “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions.”1 However, the concept health literacy has evolved to place more emphasis on health literacy as a collaborative process between the health care consumer and the health care provider as a way to achieve optimum health outcomes.
1Pleasant, A., R. E. Rudd, et.al. 2016. Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy. NAM Perspectives. Discussion Paper, National Academy of Medicine, Washington, DC. doi: 10.31478/201604a
The resources listed below can serve as a good starting point for learning about health literacy issues.
Here are some resources on health literacy research.
Use these library databases to search for more articles on health literacy.