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Health Literacy   Tags: communication, health disparity, health literacy  

Last Updated: Aug 24, 2015 URL: Print Guide

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What is Health Literacy?

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:

  • PubMed  Icon  Icon
    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.
  • CINAHL  Icon
    Search for full text for nursing & allied health journal articles.1937 to present.
  • ERIC  
    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.
  • LISTA  Icon
    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.

Newest articles on Health Literacy from PubMed

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Recommended subject headings

When searching for health literacy information, use the terms listed below with the subject of interest.

  • INNOPAC (Library Catalog)
    Health Education
    Communication Barriers
    Educational Status
    Patient Information
  • MEDLINE (Pubmed)
    Health Literacy
    Consumer Health Information
    Health Promotion
    Health Education
    Patient Education as Topic
  • CINAHL  Icon
    Information Literacy
    Health Education
    Patient Education
  • ERIC
    Health Education
    Health Promotion
    Health Literacy
    Information Literacy

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