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


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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