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Health Literacy

Find resources and educational materials on health literacy and clear communiciation.

What is health literacy?

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, 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.

Health Literacy Research

Library Health and Science Databases

Use these library databases to search for more articles on health literacy.