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Health Literacy: Health Literacy and Numeracy

Resources about health literacy, and how to apply health literacy and numeracy principles to patient education

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Health Literacy Includes

  • Reading and writing skills

  • Listening and verbal communication skills

  • Numeracy / Computational skills

  • Interpretation and evaluation of risk

  • Appropriate visualization

what is low health literacy like?

What is low health literacy like?

health literacy and patient safety

Health literacy and patient safety

Health Literacy is Two-Sided

  1.  A person's ability to understand and use information to make health-related decisions,


  2.  The communicator's ability to present information in a way that fosters understanding and self-determination.

credit: The MRCT Center of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard