Health Literacy is defined as the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.(1) The ability (or lack of) to comprehend, evaluate, and act upon health information affects our quality of life, overall health outcomes, patient-physician relationships, and healthcare expenses. Most importantly, low health literacy can have fatal consequences for ourselves or our loved ones.
The purpose of the Consumer Health Information page is to provide links to a small sample of credible information resources specifically designed for patient or consumer level health information. It consists of links from a variety of sources on diseases and other health care issues. All of the selected websites, online books, and multimedia are freely available to the public.
Searching the millions of health-related webpages on the internet can be challenging, intimidating, and, sometimes, harmful. To simplify your search, try starting with the MedlinePlus search box below. [What is MedlinePlus and why do we suggest using it? Click here to learn more about this freely available health and wellness information resource]