Welcome to Bennett D. Katz Library's guide to consumer health information. This guide is intended to provide you with important and reliable health information and guidelines for evaluating health/medical information. The guide also provides information and resources for the purposes of health information education.
This guide is not a substitute for visiting a doctor about health concerns or medical conditions.
Information intended for potential users of medical and healthcare services. There is an emphasis on self-care and preventive approaches as well as information for community-wide dissemination and use.
Simply stated, health literacy is about consumers being able to understand the medical information their caregivers give them or they find through the Internet and being able to use that information to make good decisions about their own course of care. (JMLA, 2011)
Health literacy is important for everyone because, at some point in our lives, we all need to be able to find, understand, and use health information and services. Taking care of our health is part of everyday life, not just when we visit a doctor, clinic, or hospital. Health literacy can help us prevent health problems and protect our health, as well as better manage those problems and unexpected situations that happen.
Even people who read well and are comfortable using numbers can face health literacy issues when