Skills Needed for Health Literacy
Patients are often faced with complex information and treatment decisions. Patients need to:
In order to accomplish these tasks, individuals may need to be:
Oral language skills are important as well. Patients need to articulate their health concerns and describe their symptoms accurately. They need to ask pertinent questions, and they need to understand spoken medical advice or treatment directions. In an age of shared responsibility between physician and patient for health care, patients need strong decision-making skills. With the development of the Internet as a source of health information, health literacy may also include the ability to search the Internet and evaluate Web sites.
From the NIH page Health Literacy