Health literacy in the United States

August 2008
Critical Care Nurse;Aug2008, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p10
Academic Journal
The article focuses on a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality which revealed that 12 percent of adults in the U.S. have proficient health literacy, particularly the skills to manage their own health care proficiency. A definition of health literacy is presented, which refers to the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make health care decisions.


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