About This Guide
This Guide was developed to provide links to resources and services available from local, regional, national sources. The issues of health literacy will minimally covered just a decade ago. Now many private, collaboritive and governmental organizations are addressing the needs of our citizens.
According to USA Institute of Medicine "Nearly half of all American adults - 90 million people - have difficulty understanding and using health information, and there is a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services among patients with limited health literacy."
The National Library of Medicine says this to consumers "Health literacy is
the ability to understand health information and to use that information to make
good decisions about your health and medical care. Health information can
overwhelm even people with advanced literacy skills. About one third of the
adult population in the United States has limited health literacy. Limited
health literacy can affect your ability to: Fill out complex forms Locate
providers and services Share personal information such as health history Take
care of yourself Manage a chronic disease Understand how to take medicines".
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"Quality information is essential for improved health." (MLA - Medical Library Association)
Health literacy is defined, in Healthy People 2010 and reaffirmed in the 2020 edition, as "the degree to which people can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions." Health literacy is also about exchanging healthcare information. It is reading and writing, but also how people communicate about health through speaking, drawing pictures, and using technology. Health Literacy issues can also be caused by sensory, developmental or intellectual disabilities.
Working Definition of Health Information Literacy (Medical Library Association):
"Health Information Literacy is the set of abilities needed to: recognize a health information need; identify likely information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information; assess the quality of the information and its applicability to a specific situation; and analyze, understand, and use the information to make good health decisions." [July 23, 2003]
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NOTE: "Health Literacy" is a MeSH Subject Heading beginning in 2010 for the PSYCInfo database.
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