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Why You Need Health Literacy
- To make wise health/healthcare decisions for you and your family
- To write an effective, evidence-based class paper, letter to a newspaper editor, or a journal manuscript
- To have effective interactions with your healthcare provider
This guide, a component of the Health Literacy Module, was created by Holly Tutko, Clinical Assistant Professor, NH Institute for Health Policy & Practice and Louise Buckley, Reference Librarian/Associate Professor, UNH Library
Health Literacy is...
the capacity to find, assess, and apply health information (such as a health news story, a health pamphlet, counsel from a health provider, a research article, or medication directions).
This guide offers practical information to help you learn more about
- different health information mediums
- evaluating the credibility of a potential health information source
- reputable health information resources available online and at UNH
- assessing the results of a research study
Understanding what health or medical terms mean is a good first step.
Some reliable sources: