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Information Resources Column: "Health Literacy: A Key Ingredient for Managing Personal Health

Author(s): Schloman, B

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: health literacy | literacy | health information literacy | readability

Health literacy has been receiving increased attention as a critical component for managing personal health. Recognition of the pervasiveness of functional illiteracy, along with studies highlighting how illiteracy negatively impacts health, make health literacy a central health issue for our times. Health providers and health care systems are called upon to increase their awareness of the literacy competencies of their patients and to take action to provide more meaningful interaction and information to overcome patient limitations. This column will highlight the issues surrounding health literacy and recent initiatives to address the problem.
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