It would be tough to find a time in our history when being health literate had more life-and-death significance than right now. We're bombarded with blasts of information--reliable and not so much. To be empowered and engaged health care advocates for ourselves and others, we have to know how to tell them apart. Let's be honest, it's not something we're that familiar or comfortable with.
Health literacy is recognizing when, how and where to access, process and understand basic health information needed to make informed decisions. It is every patient's right to receive competent, appropriate and safe health care. Learn how to practice shared decision making and become the power patient you deserve to be.
What have you got have to lose?