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American Medical Association Assessing the nation's health literacy: Key concepts and findings of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) describes health literacy results from the landmark 2003 NAAL, the nation's most comprehensive measure of adult literacy in more than a decade.
Written by Sheida White, PhD, NAAL Project Officer, and published by the AMA Foundation, this 100-page report will be of interest to clinicians, researchers, educators, insurers, and policy makers in both the health and education fields.
CHCS Center for Health Care StrategiesStatistics for topics such as Impact of Low Health Literacy on Health Care Expenditures. This series of fact sheets was created to help clinicians, patient advocates, and other stakeholders improve care for individuals with low health literacy. The fact sheets define health literacy; describe ways to identify low health literacy; provide strategies to improve print and oral communication for low-literate consumers; provide information about the intersection of health literacy and culture; and highlight key policies relating to health literacy.
Committee on Health Literacy Board of Neurosciences and Behavioral Health (2004)Examines the body of knowledge that applies to the field of health literacy, and recommends actions to promote a health literate society.
The American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs asked an ad hoc committee of experts to investigate health literacy; this report outlines their recommendations.
Published in JAMA 1999 Feb 10; 281(6) 552-7.
World Health Organization (2013) This publication makes the case for policy action to strengthen health literacy. Evidence, including the results of the European Health Literacy Survey, is presented that supports a wider and relational whole-of-society approach to health literacy that considers both an individual’s level of health literacy and the complexities of the contexts within which people act. The data from the European Health Literacy Survey show that nearly half the Europeans surveyed have inadequate or problematic health literacy. Weak health literacy skills are associated with riskier behaviour, poorer health, less self-management and more hospitalization and costs. Strengthening health literacy has been shown to build individual and community resilience, help address health inequities and improve health and well-being.