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Patient Education and Health Literacy: Health Literacy

This guide offers resources for learning about health literacy and pointers for identifying high-quality information for your patients.


Health literacy is…

“the degree to which individuals can obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions.”

- Institute of Medicine, 2006

For more background materials review the links below.

Here's a video!

An excellent video from the AMA Foundation: "Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand".

Literacy Assessment Tools