Health literacy and primary health care
Howard, Sara Louise
Bywood, Petra Teresia
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People with low levels of health literacy report poorer health status and experience poorer health outcomes compared to those with good health literacy. Poor health literacy is most prevalent in socio-economically disadvantaged populations, which are often in greater need of health care to manage complex conditions. In recognition of its potential positive impact on health outcomes, improving the health literacy of populations is being incorporated into policy. This RESEARCH ROUNDup reports on some recent developments in health literacy research and the role of primary health care in enhancing health literacy to improve health outcomes.