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What’s your community health literacy profile, eh?

New interactive map showing health literacy levels across Canada.

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Health literacy and prevalence of stroke: interpreting a CDC report

The number of strokes nationwide has decreased little in the last four years, and regional and socio-economic disparities are strong indicators of their continued prevalence, according to the CDC.

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Low health literacy may predict likelihood of being uninsured

Low health literacy may predict likelihood of being uninsured, even when employed full-time with health insurance benefits. Knowing this poses significant challenges for policy makers and librarians alike as we move to implement the Affordable Care Act.

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An example of health literacy and reduction of perceived post-operative pain

Viewing a pre-op video of what to do and expect may result in less pain and more patient involvement.

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Jargon-free doctor-patient communication: Ask Me 3

Patients can ask 3 simple questions to improve doctor-patient communication. And doctors need encouragement and compensation for taking time to assure their patients understand healthcare issues and instructions.

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Home visitation, depression and health literacy

Depressed parents’ health literacy skills can improve through home visitation per a recent study using open access public data.

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Addressing health literacy gaining traction

As mentioned previously, health literacy is “the ability to get information, understand it, and use information to lower risk and better health.” People “with low health literacy are more likely to report poor health, have an incomplete understanding of their health problems and treatment, and are at greater risk of hospitalization” (Pawlak, 2005). Many organizations, […]

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Critical health literacy: a review and critical analysis

Discussion of recent research article on the strengths and weaknesses of health literacy as a topic.

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