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This guides defines health information literacy and offers ways that health care professionals can assist patients with low health literacy.
Last Updated: Sep 9, 2013 URL: http://libraryguides.mdc.edu/hil Print Guide RSS Updates

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Definition

"Health Information Literacy is the set of abilities needed to:

  • recognize a health information need;
  • identify likely information sources and use them to retrieve relevant information;
  • assess the quality of the information and its applicability to a specific situation;
  • and analyze, understand, and use the information to make good health decisions" (Medical Library Association, 2003).
 

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