Health care providers, educators, and insurance providers can help improve health outcomes by improving communication. Information needs to be clear and easy to understand, and there needs to be a process to confirm understanding.
Health literacy allows a person in a health-related context to find, understand, evaluate, communicate, and use information.
Health literacy can be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, or education.
It affects the ability to care for oneself, to navigate the system, to fill out forms, and to share information.