Health Literacy and Patient Empowerment
Health literacy is the degree to which people possess the ability to comprehend and make use of health information about their bodies, conditions, and prescribed medical interventions. The concept of health literacy is of paramount importance as patients are beginning to play increasingly participatory roles in their own healthcare. One concern is the varying degrees of health literacy that patients possess. Some patients will have a high degree of health literacy while others only a minimal level. This has important implications as to how health information is presented at the individual as well as the public level.
Select a chronic disease. Find three websites that provide patient information about the condition, its effects, and treatment.
Note: Read articles that are peer-reviewed to establish authenticity of their data.
Use the required readings and other scholarly sources to answer the following questions: