Health and Literacy (2012)

In this fact sheet, part of a series prepared by Literacy Newfoundland and Labrador, the authors point out that many adults lack adequate health literacy skills.

They suggest addressing the problem of low health literacy by increasing the emphasis on lifelong learning; practising reading and writing skills daily; increasing opportunities to learn about health and developing literacy skills in the community; and incorporating health literacy in regular learning programs.

They also encourage health professionals to improve their ability to recognize low literacy and health literacy skills among the patients they deal with.

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