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What Does Health Literacy Mean to You?

The Institute of Medicine Report defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions (IOM,2004).

In the ever-changing and complex healthcare world, the emphasis of health literacy is vital as it breaks down literacy barriers to improve health communication and shared, informed decision-making between healthcare providers and patients.

What does health literacy mean to you?


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Health literacy is the ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health for themselves, their families and their communities.

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