According to Public Health England health literacy is:

“people having the skills (language, literacy and numeracy), knowledge, understanding and confidence to access, understand, evaluate, use and navigate health and social care information and services”.

Source: Improving Health Literacy to Reduce Health Inequalities (Briefing Summary) p.5

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* 1. In 2012, 1 in 6 adults (i.e. 7.1 million people) in England had very poor literacy skills. What percentage is this?

See: Literacy Trust Website ('Adult Literacy Statistics')

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* 2. Your prescription says to take 2 tablets, 3 times daily. This means… (select one)

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* 3. In deciding which health information to trust, what might you ask? (select all that apply)
See: How to Spot Fake News (IFLA)

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* 4. Which one do you think is a more reliable source for health information?
See: Finding Quality Health Resources Online

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* 5. Which one resource contains hundreds of leaflets on health conditions that NHS staff can give to their patients?

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* 6. 'Health inequalities' means... (select one)
See: Jargon Buster (Think Local Act Personal)

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* 7. Your patient's appointment for a videofluoroscopy to investigate dysphagia is at 15:00hrs in Radiology. As well as giving them a letter with a map, what could you best say so they understand and attend?
See: Patient Information (NHS Improvement, England) & The Health Literacy Place - Tools and Techniques (NHS Education for Scotland)

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