How’s your health literacy? Literacy, in this instance, doesn’t only mean can you read and write—are you literate. It means can you read instructions on a bottle of medicine, can you listen to a healthcare professional tell you about your health problem and walk away fully understanding what she said, and can you then figure out how to get the care you need for that particular problem?
The IOM defines health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”
By any definition, I suspect that most of us fall short of acing the health literacy quiz.
I went in to see my dermatologist last week. Every year I go to her office, she looks at my rosacea, and renews my prescriptions.
And every year I learn something new about my…
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