Health literacy emerges from the interaction between a person and the health care system. It is a complex interplay of personal and system factors.

Personal Factors System Factors
  • literacy skills
  • cognitive skills
  • motivation
  • physical and emotional health
  • experience with health care
  • specific health condition
  • beliefs about health
  • socioeconomic status
  • social supports
  • provider's communication skills
  • complexity of health information
  • characteristics of healthcare setting
  • system demands and expectations upon patients
  • time pressures upon health care professionals

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Last updated: Aug 31, 2014
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