Health literacy is the ability to read, understand, and act on health care information.
- Healthy People 2010 defines health literacy as:
- the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.
- The AMA Council of Scientific Affairs more specifically defines functional health literacy as:
- the ability to read and comprehend prescription bottles, appointment slips, and the other essential health-related materials required to successfully function as a patient.