Features Of Health Literacy

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Health literacy is a complex topic difficult to address
Health literacy was defined by the class lecture as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health care decisions (Healthy People, 2010). The features of health literacy include a wide range of skills and proficiencies that people develop throughout their lifetime. The title itself, Health literacy is composed of the noun literacy described by the adjective health. The noun literacy is defined in four specific parts within the health community: Fundamental literacy, the ability to read and comprehend prescription bottles, appointments slips, and the other essential health related
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The need and demand for these abilities vary in different societies (292). Basic functional literacy,made up of these components: reading/writing, speaking/listening, and numeracy/computation, has only been acknowledged in the past five years as necessary skills for individuals to make the appropriate health decisions for themselves (Andrulis,D. Brach,C.,2007,p.,s122). Health literacy can also function as a risk or asset. Low literacy is a risk factor because if a patient cannot even follow simple directions, their health suffers according to Dr. Suopis, 2016. Further empirical research has confirmed the relationship between low literacy, patient decision making, and compliance associated with prescription drug usage, as well as the capability to self-mange diseases, began in the United States asserted by, Nutbeam., 2008. Health literacy may alternatively function as an asset, a completely opposite view of literacy as a risk, as evidenced by the following : “Health literacy…is seen as a means to enable individuals to exert greater control over their health and the range of personal ,social ,and environmental determinants of health” ( 2008,p., 2074). The determinants of health include environmental factors, behavior and lifestyle factors, heredity, and …show more content…
The difficulty in addressing health literacy in light of these two additional literacy category pathways of media and technology is that both the media and digital communication have become so proliferate, they play a significant role subtly influencing peoples by reshaping and influencing the cultures of both the developed and developing countries (pg., 292). The more, or less, exposure a patient obtains, through the media on TV or by computer, or radio shapes how that patent reasons and whether they can understand the information presented to them about their own health needs. But the professionals, (physicians or clinicians) have no idea of the amount of exposure a patient has experienced as regards to the patients’ health literacy without further exploration. An additional impact in addressing health literacy is the rapid pace in which medical information is changing or progressing as seen through the media channels which outpace the knowledge building within a learning community (kickbaush,2009 pg., 294). As more individuals access the Western medical health care system, it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage for not only the patients and the professional, but also for the administration. It is also difficult to address in a growing populace with

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