Q. What exactly do we mean by health literacy?
A. Health Literacy is about being able to read, understand and act on health care information.
Health literacy impacts a person's ability to effectively manage their health care decisions on many levels. These include things like:
Please note that even people with advanced literacy skills can feel overwhelmed by health care information or the health care system!
Is this really a problem? The numbers speak for themselves:
Health literacy differs from general literacy because it also includes the ability to process numbers and complex health information. People also need to be able to navigate the health care system. In order to do this, individuals may need to be:
Health information literacy, in relation to information, is more than just reading! What can you do to improve your health literacy? Here are some suggestions:
To assess how much you know about heart attack, stroke and some common medical terms, please take our quizzes. You might learn something that could possibly save your life or someone else's!
Heart Attack Quiz | Stroke Quiz | Medical Terminology Quiz
Also please take a moment to give us feedback through our survey so that we can continue to improve our ability to help you with your health care information needs. Click here to take the survey.
For more information about heart health visit the Trinitas Cardiology Department http://www.trinitas.org/cardiology.htm.
This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3501 with New York University