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 this web portal is to provide links to credible information resources specifically designed for patient or consumer level health information. It consists of several webpages from a variety of sources on diseases and other health care issues. All of the websites, online books, and multimedia are freely available to the public to ensure maximum accessibility from a computer or mobile device.
This introductory webpage will also contain selected links and stories on issues surrounding Health Literacy.
The Consumer Health Information Guide is created and maintained by the staff at the Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center. The staff has evaluated each of the referenced resources with guidance from the Health on the Net Foundation Principles, but these resources are for informational purposes only, and should not be used as substitutes for medical advice from a certified health care provider. Library staff cannot provide medical advice to you, but they will help you identify appropriate resources for evaluation and discussion with your health care provider.