Health Literacy is defined in the Institute of Medicine report, Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, 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."
Health literacy is not simply the ability to read. It requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. In this report from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, you can learn more about health literacy and cultural context, older adults, immigrant populations, minority populations, economics, initiatives to improve communication and more. Read more here.