[...] the strong correlation between low literacy levels and poor health status and how this affects global health is discussed. Individuals with poor health-literacy find issues challenging that others consider routine, like filling a prescription, understanding information on medication bottles, comprehending appointment slips, reading a health promotion brochure at the supermarket and understanding the doctor (Hixon, 2004) - However, it is via these routine skills that people gain understanding and it is the capacity to act upon this information which leads to improvement in their health status and is therefore critical to empowerment (Nutbeam, 2000). [...] increasing health knowledge and empowering individuals to make informed decisions would not only increase that individual's heath status but those of their family (whanau) and their communities (iwi) .
Health Literacy Anjana Naidu Introduction Health literacy is perceived to be a relatively new concept in health promotion. Health education is recognised as an integral aspect of health promotion and in developed countries hea
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