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Health Information Literacy

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"as many as half of all adults in all socio-economic levels struggle with health literacy" —Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2003

About 9 out of 10 American adults have some problems with health literacy. —Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

“If public and private organizations make it a priority to become health literate, the nation’s health literacy can be advanced to the point at which it will play a major role in improving health care and health for all Americans” —Koh et al. New Federal Policy Initiatives To Boost Health Literacy Can Help The Nation Move Beyond The Cycle Of Costly 'Crisis Care.' Health Affairs (2012): doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2011.1169

The popular media and professional journals alike are increasingly carrying reports and studies of the difficulties and frustrations health professionals and patients face in coping with the barrage of available information in a way that results in informed health care decisions.

There is a huge need to bring sense to the information universe if MLA's vision of "quality information for improved health" is to be achieved. There is at the same time a significant gap in the awareness by the public and by opinion-leaders and decision-makers of the contributions that health sciences librarians can make (and are making) to bring order to the chaos.  

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