Health Literacy: an ability to obtain and understand written, oral, and numerical health information, which allows people to make appropriate healthcare decisions for themselves and their family members.
*Low Health Literacy affects up to twenty percent of the adult population in the US and is not correlated with highest education achieved.
*Hospitals and healthcare professionals are increasingly being held accountable to create systems of care that address this issue with every patient encounter.
*AHRQ talks about implementing Universal Literacy Precautions.
Savin, MSN, NNP-BC, Michele K., "Using Nursing Knowledge to Improve Health Literacy" (2013). College of Nursing Faculty Papers & Presentations. Paper 68.