Health Literacy: Learning is the best medicine [Video – 9:19] (2010)

This video features interviews with people who work either in the literacy field or in health care, discussing the importance of literacy as a determinant of health.

They point out that literacy is vital if people are going to be able to make informed decisions about their health. As well, literacy is connected with socioeconomic conditions that influence health, including income, employment opportunities, and social support.

Literacy levels have a big impact on communication between patients and health-care professionals. One interview subject suggests that an understanding of literacy issues should be embedded in all training for health-care professionals. She recalls talking to a class of nursing students, who were taken aback to realize that the patients they would deal with might have trouble understanding the information they were giving them.

Several people offer tips to help doctors improve their communication skills, including asking for feedback to make sure that the message being given is indeed the one their patient is receiving. The video was developed by 2010 Legacies Now, a non-profit organization created in 2000 to build support for Vancouver’s bid for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

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