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Health Literacy

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This tutorial defines health literacy and goes over the various tasks that involve being health literate. These tasks range from being able to fill out a medical form to being able to calculate dosages for medicine. The populations that are especially vulnerable to low health literacy rates are discussed, as well as the outcomes of having low health literacy. Next, many approaches to improving low health literacy are examined, such as following the Healthy People 2020 objectives and speaking in plain language. The SAM instrument is also introduced. Lastly, low health literacy is shown to impact decisions to breastfeed.


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