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ERIC Number: EJ877225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1934-2322
Health Literacy: Can We Live without It?
Witte, Priscilla G.
Adult Basic Education and Literacy Journal, v4 n1 p3-12 Spr 2010
Health literacy is the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information well enough to make appropriate health decisions. An estimated 90 million people are affected by inadequate health literacy, and may misunderstand medical information, fail to adhere to treatments, be admitted to the hospital more frequently, and have a higher mortality rate. Literacy practitioners are in a position to assist those who have inadequate health literacy. This article describes the background and theoretical foundations of health literacy as well as current research in the medical and literacy sectors. We also suggest ways of incorporating health content into ABE programs and ways in which literacy practitioners can advocate for those with low health literacy by forming partnerships with community and health care organizations.
Commission on Adult Basic Education and ProLiteracy America. 1320 Jamesville Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Tel: 315-422-9121; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A