Health Literacy Matters!

interesting thoughts on ‘health literacy’ from the Christie Hospitals Blog

The Christie Library and Knowledge Service Blog

Inspired by Jonathan Berry’s blog post on the NHS England website we are here to make our case for health literacy and pledge to host events by our library service as part of Health Information Week 2017.

While our library service is for staff at the Christie, part of this involves supporting the provision of patient information. Jonathan Berry claims that “between 43% and 61% of English working age adults routinely do not understand health information” this may include;

  • misunderstanding an important diagnosis
  • being confused about instructions for medication
  • not understanding medical jargon, for example on hospital signage or during  outpatient appointments or inpatient stays
  • not understanding clearly how some conditions (i.e.. diabetes) can be self managed, or prevented through lifestyle factors

As such, low levels of health literacy can cause illness and in turn cost the NHS money which could have been prevented by medical professionals explaining things in plain language,  engaging their…

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