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Health Literacy
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Health promotion Enabling people to increase control over, and improve, their health Information dissemination 776 million adults lack basic literacy skills 2/3 are women Health Literacy The ability to access , understand , evaluate , and communicate information as a way to promote, maintain, and improve health in a variety of settings across the life Low literacy could be associated with poor health outcomes
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Nutbeam (2000) Level 1 – functional health literacy basic reading and writing skills that help an individual function effectively in health-care context Level 2 – interactive health literacy – development of personal skills in a supportive environment to enable one to act on knowledge Level 3 – critical health literacy – ability to critically evaluate and use information to actively participate in health promotion
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Excerpts from the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA; 1995) “These are directions you or someone else might be given at the
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