Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/60417
Type: Journal article
Title: Health literacy: a new concept for general practice?
Author: Adams, R.
Stocks, N.
Wilson, D.
Hill, C.
Gravier, S.
Kickbusch, I.
Beilby, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2009; 38(3):144-147
Publisher: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0300-8495
Statement of
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Robert J Adams, Nigel P Stocks, David H Wilson, Catherine L Hill, Susan Gravier, Ilona Kickbusch, Justin J Beilby
Abstract: Background Health literacy is the ability to understand and interpret the meaning of health information in written, spoken or digital form and how this motivates people to embrace or disregard actions relating to health. Objective This article aims to describe the concept of health literacy, its importance and its applications in the general practice setting. Discussion Australia trails behind other western countries in practical applications of health literacy. Health literacy underpins the efficiency of consultations, health promotion efforts, and self management programs. Recognition of the health literacy status of individuals allows use of appropriate communication tools. This can save time and effort and improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
Keywords: Health literacy; hl; read; write; understand; number; health setting
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0020090414
Published version: http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2009/march/health-literacy/
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