Health literacy

Health Literacy



Health literacy refers to then degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions.


Low health literacy is more prevalent among:


Older adults


Minorities


Low socioeconomic status


Medically underserved people


Limited education


Cultural barriers 


Language barriers


Individuals with low health literacy have difficulty locating providers and services, filling out health forms, sharing a medical history, seeking appropriate preventive healthcare, knowing the connection between risky behavior and health, managing their chronic health conditions, and understanding medical directions.




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