Health Literacy And National Literacy Skills Essay

1089 Words Jun 24th, 2015 5 Pages
In New Zealand up to 80% Maori men and 75% Maori women have poor health literacy skills. Over 50% of adult population in New Zealand have difficulties with health literacy (Korero Marama: Health Literacy and Maori 2010). OECD countries also have similar result as New Zealand. The scale of one (very low skills) to five (very high skills) is used to measure health literacy skills (Work base, 2012).

Everyone should understand about their health and the health services provided. This assignment will cover the definition of health literacy and strategies to enhance in clients with low health literacy skills. The knowledge gained will prepare me to deliver quality nursing care. People with tertiary education have good health literacy skills. Those with low health literacy has poor health status and access to health services provided. Therefore clients are unable to make the right informed decision about their health condition and maintenance behaviour.

Health literacy is the ability to make a sound decision about health as part of everyday life (NZNO 2011). Listening, writing, speaking, reading, critical analysis and numeracy are skills of health literacy. WHO defines health literacy “as the cognitive and social skills which determines the motivation and ability of individuals to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health”. Health literacy includes cultural understanding about health and health care. It is wider than…

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