According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, nearly 90 million American adults test below a high school level for literacy skills (Kirsch, Jungeblut, Jenkins & Kolstad, 1993).Because most health materials are written at least at the high school level, this finding has major implications in terms of health care provision in this country (Helitzer, Hollis, Cotner & Oestreicher, 2009). This paper attempts to give an overview of the field of health literacy and includes: a brief background with current definitions; a description of screening and measurement tools; a discussion of aspects of limited literacy; the implications for quality health care; what role libraries might play; and areas of future research.
Flaherty, M. (2011). Health Literacy: An overview of an emerging field. School of Information Student Research Journal, 1(2). https://doi.org/10.31979/2575-2499.010204 Retrieved from https://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/ischoolsrj/vol1/iss2/4