Health Literacy

Ward-Smith, Peggy
May 2012
Urologic Nursing;May/Jun2012, Vol. 32 Issue 3, p168
Academic Journal
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines health literacy as individuals' capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions. The article cites research on health literacy and the impact of low literacy on health outcomes. The challenges of screening and treatment for conditions such as prostate cancer when patients are health illiterate are discussed along with the importance of effective communication in improving literacy.


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