Last Updated: Sep 19, 2012
Health Literacy is defined by Healthy People 2010 as "the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions."
Literacy skills predict an individuals' health status more strongly than age, income, employment status, education level, and racial or ethnic group.
These databases will have information relating to health literacy:
Access over 20 million biomedical journal article citations back to the late 1940's and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
Search for full text for nursing & allied health journal articles.1937 to present.
Search for educational related journal articles, books and reports, many full text . 1966 to present. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which supports a free online version of the database.
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals, more than 50 priority journals, and 125 selective journals; plus books, research reports and proceedings.
When searching for health literacy information, use the terms listed below with the subject of interest.
- INNOPAC (Library Catalog)
- MEDLINE (Pubmed)
Consumer Health Information
Patient Education as Topic
- Healthy People 2020
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to:
- Encourage collaborations across communities and sectors.
- Empower individuals toward make informed health decisions.
- Measure the impact of prevention activities.
- Health Literacy Websites from LSUHSC-NO Delicious Account
Selected links from the LSUHSC Library.