This is a summary of the workshop given by Beverly Cusano and Kacey Morgan from the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.
Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand the basic health information needed to assist them in making decisions regarding their health.
Education, living in poverty, age, race/ethnicity and disability impact health literacy. Signs of low health literacy, frequently missed appointments, noncompliance with medications, incomplete registration forms, lack of follow through on appointments, etc.
Low health literacy is everyone’s problem. The nurse’s role is ...