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Health Literacy Resources

October is National Health Literacy Month. From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, defines health literacy as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.

Every day, people confront situations that involve life-changing decisions about their health. These decisions are made in places such as grocery and drug stores, workplaces, playgrounds, doctors’ offices, clinics and hospitals, and around the kitchen table. Obtaining, communicating, processing, and understanding health information and services are essential steps in making appropriate health decisions; however, research indicates that today’s health information is presented in ways that are not usable by most adults. “Limited health literacy” occurs when people can’t find and use the health information and services they need.

For some resources on health literacy, visit the following links:

Full CDC Health Literacy page: http://1.usa.gov/GPSmmZ

Medical Library Association–Deciphering Medspeak: http://bit.ly/19DghSx

Health Literacy Month website: http://bit.ly/Rg5obX

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