October is National Health Literacy Month

“Health Literacy” is the ability to read, understand and act upon health information.1 Health literacy is defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Title V, as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.”2 According to the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy, almost 9 out of 10 adults have difficulty using routine health information.1

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