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Consumer Health Information : Health Literacy

Patients are now asked to make decisions about their own disease process. Most patients do not have the tools to make these kinds of decisions. Shared decision making between patients and their health care providers is important to both.

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Search PubMed for citations and abstracts from MEDLINE and other life science journals. Includes full-text links for UNM.

Definition: Health Literacy

Health Literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.  (Healthy People 2010) 

People can be highly educated, but know very little about their own body or health. 

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Health Literacy Subject Guide

Plain Language Thesaurus

The Plain Language Thesaurus allows you to find easy to understand alternatives to words that patients might not comprehend.