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Health Literacy and Care of The Patient with Heart Failure: A Fact Sheet

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What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals obtain, process and understand basic health information and to make appropriate health care decisions.

Download a copy (PDF 71 KB).

In this health literacy fact sheet you will find information on:

  • What is health literacy?
  • Basic facts about heath literacy in the U.S.
  • Do provider perceptions contribute to the problem of health literacy?
  • What are the consequences of limited health literacy?
  • What risk factors are associated with limited health literacy
  • What are some strategies for healthcare providers
  • What is being done about all patients with limited health literacy?
  • What tools are available to assess health literacy
  • How do you test readability of existing tools and educational materials?
  • Examples of evidence-based research supporting patient interventions in heart failuire
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