Block U: What is Normal: Health Literacy

Why Health Literacy?

What is Health Literacy?

According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, health literacy "is the ability to read, understand and act on health information." ¹

¹ National Patient Safety Foundation. Health Literacy: Statistics At-A-Glance.

Why is Health Literacy Important?

Data from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy indicates that "nearly 9 out of 10 adults do not have proficient health literacy and, therefore, may not have the skills required to manage their health..." ¹

Being aware of health literacy standards and creating patient education materials at a 5th - 8th grade reading level helps ensure patient understanding and safety.

¹ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Health Literacy.

Using Plain Language

These tools can help you create original patient education material, make a presentation to people outside the health field, or write an article for the general public.

Websites for Patients

These sites contain quality information suitable for patients.

Librarian Contact Info

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Alfred Mowdood
The University of Utah
J. Willard Marriott Library
Head of Faculty Services,
Representative, Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC), and
Adjunct Assistant Professor in Kinesiology
295 South 1500 East #2110 R
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0860
(801) 585-7125

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