Health literacy

Roy Batterham, Alison Beauchamp, Richard Osborne

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Health literacy is a person's ability to access, understand, and use health information and health services. People with limited health literacy strengths tend to be less educated, have fewer health-promoting behaviors, and have worse health outcomes. Public health needs to be mindful of the nature and content of clinical services and health-promotion interventions to ensure that, irrespective of the health literacy strengths or weaknesses of individuals or populations, interventions are as effective as possible such that all members have the opportunity to participate and receive benefits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Public Health
EditorsStella R. Quah, William Cockerham
Place of PublicationOxford, UK
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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