When literacy collides with health care, the issue of “health literacy” – defined as the degree to which
individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed
to make appropriate health decisions – begins to cast a long patient safety shadow.
Health literacy also encompasses the educational, social and cultural factors that influence the expectations and preferences of the individual, and the extent to which those providing health care services can meet those expectations and preferences. Health care practitioners literally have to understand where their patients “are coming from” – the beliefs, values, and cultural mores and traditions that influence how health care information is shared and received.
We understand the importance of Health Literacy.
Putting Patients First Through Health Literacy - conference and free workshop scheduled to be held on Sunday, 2 Dec is a step forward in this direction. Please visit our conference website: www.patientpower.in for complete details on how to register.