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Health literacy and primary health care

By Eleanor Jackson Bowers, Sara Louise Howard and Petra Teresia Bywood

Abstract

People with low levels of health literacy report poorer health status and experience\ud poorer health outcomes compared to those with good health literacy. Poor health\ud literacy is most prevalent in socio-economically disadvantaged populations, which\ud are often in greater need of health care to manage complex conditions. In\ud recognition of its potential positive impact on health outcomes, improving the health\ud literacy of populations is being incorporated into policy. This RESEARCH ROUNDup\ud reports on some recent developments in health literacy research and the role of\ud primary health care in enhancing health literacy to improve health outcomes

Topics: Public health, Health care, Education
Publisher: Primary Health Care Research & Information Service
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:dspace.flinders.edu.au:2328/26609
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