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|Title:||Health literacy: a new concept for general practice?|
|Citation:||Australian Family Physician, 2009; 38(3):144-147|
|Publisher:||The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP)|
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||Medicine publications|
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