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Health literacy

Health literacy is the foundation for consumer engagement. Health literacy is being able to obtain, understand and use basic health information to navigate health services and make appropriate health decisions.


Health literacy explained

Health literacy is the foundation for consumer engagement. Health literacy is being able to obtain, understand and use basic health information to navigate health services and make appropriate health decisions. It is the responsibility of the health care professional to present health information in a way that a person can understand.

Health literate organisations “make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health.” (Brach et al 2012).


Last updated: 21st January 2022