Background Health literacy is the ability to understand and interpret the meaning
of health information in written, spoken or digital form and how this
motivates people to embrace or disregard actions relating to health.
Objective This article aims to describe the concept of health literacy, its
importance and its applications in the general practice setting.
Discussion Australia trails behind other western countries in practical
applications of health literacy. Health literacy underpins the efficiency
of consultations, health promotion efforts, and self management
programs. Recognition of the health literacy status of individuals
allows use of appropriate communication tools. This can save time
and effort and improve patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
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