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ISSN Print: 2394-7500, ISSN Online: 2394-5869, CODEN: IJARPF

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Vol. 5, Issue 5, Part D (2019)

The concept of health literacy: Understanding its importance

The concept of health literacy: Understanding its importance

Author(s)
Tamanna
Abstract
Health literacy, comprising the ability to access, understand, evaluate, and apply health information, is fundamental for making informed decisions about one's health. It encompasses not only the ability to comprehend health information but also the skills to communicate this information effectively for other’s health. It is increasingly recognized as an essential concept for individuals and societies worldwide. This research paper explores the profound significance of health literacy in promoting personal well-being, health equity, preventative healthcare behavior, and societal progress. This paper address the role of health literacy in empowering individuals to navigate complex healthcare systems, communicate effectively with healthcare providers, and engage in self-care practices. It highlights the impact of low health literacy on health disparities, emphasizing the disproportionate burden borne by vulnerable populations. This paper highlights how individuals with higher health literacy are more likely to adopt preventive health behaviors, seek timely healthcare services, and adhere to medical recommendations, ultimately leading to improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Furthermore, this paper discusses the role of health literacy in promoting civic engagement, advocating for health-related policies, and fostering a culture of health within communities. In conclusion, this research paper underscores the critical importance of advancing health literacy as a cornerstone of individual and societal well-being. By investing in health literacy initiatives, policymakers, healthcare providers, and community leaders can mitigate health disparities, enhance preventative healthcare efforts, and pave the way for a healthier and more equitable future for all.
Pages: 335-340  |  78 Views  33 Downloads


International Journal of Applied Research
How to cite this article:
Tamanna. The concept of health literacy: Understanding its importance. Int J Appl Res 2019;5(5):335-340.
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