16 June 2009

Health literacy report

Health literacy - A new concept for general practice?
Australian Family Physician Vol. 38, No. 3, March 2009
Australia trails behind other western countries in practical applications of health literacy. Health literacy underpins the efficiency of consultations, health promotion efforts, and self management programs.

Health literacy is the ability to understand and interpret the meaning of health information in written, spoken or digital form and how this motivates people to embrace or disregard actions relating to health. Recognition of the health literacy status of individuals allows use of appropriate communication tools. This can save time and effort and improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes.

This article aims to describe the concept of health literacy, its importance and its applications in the general practice setting. > read article

View past Alzheimer’s News stories on health information literacy which covers:
  • interpreting health information in the media
  • understanding medical research
  • evaluating health information websites

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