Understanding on Assessing Health Literacy

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Kingkaew Samruayruen Nithra Kitreerawutiwong


Health literacy relates to the knowledge and competences of individual to meet the complex demands of health in modern society. In addition, health literacy enhances people’s ability to access information, analyze, synthesize, and involve in decision-making in health by voluntarily in order to maintaining health. Therefore, health literacy is linked to the core value of citizen empowerment to enhance self care. If healthcare providers understand definition of health literacy, the methods of measuring and assessing, and planning to asses of health literacy, this approach will contribute to apply the information to promote of health literacy programs for different age groups appropriately. This article aimed at presenting health literacy definition, consequence of health literacy to health outcome, significance of assessing health literacy, instrument regarding assessing health literacy, and planning to assess health literacy.


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