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Health Literacy Around the World: Part 1 Health Literacy Efforts Outside Of the United States

The results of an effort to learn about health literacy activities ongoing around the world are reported in this paper by Pleasant (2012). This paper is prepared to stimulate workshop discussion and help to: initiate a dialogue among existing organizations from all sectors; document the use of health literacy in international contexts (policy, practice, and research), and; examine health literacy interventions, measurement, practice, and research.

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Health Literacy: A Policy Challenge For Advancing High-Quality Health Care

Health literacy, at the intersection of health and education, involves more than reading ability. Studies of health literacy abilities show that many Americans with the greatest health care needs have the least ability to comprehend information required to navigate and function in the U.S. health care system. This paper by Parker et al (2003) defines health literacy as an important policy issue and offers strategies for creating a health-literate America.

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Health literacy and health seeking behavior among older mend in a middle-income nation

This article by Bourne et al (2010) examines health literacy and health-seeking behaviors among elderly men in Jamaica, in order to inform health policy, finding that elderly men displayed low health literacy and poor health-seeking behavior.

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Health Literacy, eHealth, and Communication: Putting the Consumer First: Workshop Summary

There is great enthusiasm over the use of emerging interactive health information technologies-often referred to as eHealth-and the potential these technologies have to improve the quality, capacity, and efficiency of the health care system. However, many doctors, advocacy groups, policy makers and consumers are concerned that electronic health systems might help individuals and communities with greater resources while leaving behind those with limited access to technology. This report by the National Academies Press in the US summarizes the outcome of a workshop held to discuss the current status of communication technology, the challenges for its use in populations with low health literacy, and the strategies for increasing the benefit of these technologies for populations with low health literacy.

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Literacy Harvest, Fall 2004: Health Literacy

This issue of Literacy Harvest focuses on health literacy. Dated Fall 2004, this magazine provides a useful historical context for health literacy with articles ranging from public policy priorities and cross-cultural communication, to the navigation of hospitals and research initiatives.

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An Inter-sectoral Approach for Improving Health Literacy for Canadians

The Approach identifies the importance of improving health literacy as a crucial component of the determinants of health. Its three fundamental components (develop knowledge, raise awareness and build capacity, and build infrastructure and partnerships) are intended to guide and encourage collective and cohesive actions at federal, provincial/territorial, and local levels that will result in the enhanced health literacy of all Canadians.

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Communicating Risks and Benefits: An evidence-Based User’s Guide

Risk communication is the term used for situations when people need good information to make sound choices. This could involve recalls, confusing medication instructions, and in the worst case scenario, information in a disaster situation such as the Canterbury earthquake. Risk is a critical aspect of health literacy. This comprehensive report from the US FDA covers not only health literacy but also quantitative and qualitative information and how health professionals communicate risk benefit information. 235 pages.

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Promoting Health Literacy to Encourage Prevention and Wellness – Workshop Summary

The IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy brings together leaders from the federal government, foundations, health plans, associations, and private companies to discuss challenges related to health literacy and to identify approaches to promoting health literacy in both the public and private sectors. On September 15, 2009, the Roundtable held a workshop to explore approaches to integrate health literacy in to primary and secondary prevention. The workshop featured presentations and discussions on select topics related to health literacy’s role in preventive health care. This document is a summary of the workshop.

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Interventions for Individuals with Low Health Literacy: A Systematic Review

This research, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is an updated systematic review examining the effects of interventions that authors reported were specifically designed to mitigate the effects of low health literacy.

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Health Literacy and Cancer Communication

This article from Davis et al. provides insight into the complex array of difficulties patients with low health literacy encounter in cancer screening and in understanding symptoms of cancer.

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