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Health Literacy 101

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Health Literacy 101

What is Health Literacy?

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health

information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

  Healthy People, 2010

Consumer Health Information

Consumer health information is tailored and directed at general audiences and consumers, rather than at individual patients. Consumer health information (CHI) refers to information that is important to those who consult it without mediation (or interpretation) by health professionals (or librarians). This information is found in print and digital formats, and is available where other general information is found such as via the Internet and at local public libraries.

‚Ė™HLWIKI International. (2018, July 20. HLWIKI Canada, . Retrieved April 29, 2022 from https://web.archive.org/web/20181204190439/http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Consumer_health_information