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Health Literacy

Health Literacy tools at KUMC

What is Health Literacy?

Health Literacy is "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions" (Health People 2010).

  • 88% of adults do not have the health literacy skills to interact with the healthcare system
  • 9 out of 10 adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease (2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy Study).
  • Low health literacy is a key factor in health status. Source: CDC health communication


Consumer or Patient Information?

Consumer Health Information: information intended for potential users of medical and healthcare services. There is an emphasis on self-care and preventive approaches as well as information for community-wide dissemination and use.

Patient Education Information: information pertaining to the training of patients concerning their own health needs. Usually involves a specific diagnosis.

Source: Reference.MD