Health Literacy
As our understanding of health literacy has evolved, many definitions have been proposed. 
  • Initially, health literacy was narrowly defined as the ability to read health information.
  • Current definitions acknowledge that health literacy involves more than an individual’s skills. It is the product of the complex interaction between an individual and the health care system.

According to CPHA’s Expert Panel on Health Literacy, health literacy is “The ability to access, understand, evaluate and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain and improve health in a variety of settings across the life-course.”
(Rootman & Gorden El-Bihbety, 2008)

Review the many definitions of health literacy in:
  • Wizowski, Harper & Hitchings, 2014-06-10
  • Hoffman-Goetz, Donelle and Ahmed, 2014

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Last updated: Aug 31, 2014
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