What is health literacy?
Health literacy is the capacity of a person to understand, access and negotiate her or his health requirements, including navigating the health carfe system, to maintain optimum health throughout life.
Welcome to the Health Literacy Guide
According to a study by Berland et al (2001), the average adult reads at an eighth-grade level. The elderly and those with limited or "low literacy" are unable to take advantage of new health technologies. Although many patients turn to the Internet for health information about specific diseases, they are many who have only limited access to technology, and some who have no access at all.
Medical librarians are interested in strategies to combat low literacy and help patients find the information they need to improve their health, understand their physicians' instructions and proper use of medications. I will be offering a class in Health Literacy in 2014 for healthcare professionals. Please contact me for details. My office number is 293-1718.
Understanding Medical Words
MedlinePlus tututorial on medical terms
Quickly identify unknown drugs by color, shape, size, imprint, and scoring.
Pill images are included when available.