PN Healthcare Literacy

This lesson explains the importance of being proficient in health literacy and how it affects your ability to make appropriate health decisions

1.4 Healthcare Literacy

Healthcare literacy a compilation of healthcare status, healthcare outcomes, healthcare use, and healthcare costs that ultimately has an effect on every choice and decision that we make in care.

Healthcare Costs Healthcare Use
Health Status Healthcare Outcomes

Definition of Health Literacy:

Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

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Key Takeaways:

Medical Jargon – Are commonly used terms, word(s) inside healthcare practices. Jargon is not universal, could have multiple meanings and have a broad description.

Medical Terminology- Is a universal description used to precisely describe the human body. This includes components, processes, and conditions affecting it as well as procedures performed.


Healthcare Costs- Direct healthcare costs are the costs that the patient is projected to pay for medical services or products that pertain to the diagnosis.

Health Status- Health status refers to the measurement of one’s health. Being a participant in health status involves awareness and interpersonal skills that heighten your decision-making capabilities.

Healthcare Use- Healthcare Use (or compliance) is considered as the practice of one following directions, rules, regulations and laws that relate to your care.

Health Outcome- This recently formed concept of health outcomes is a report of how you ultimately resolve your condition. The subsidiary of health outcomes is known as measured outcomes which refers to the continuous reports of an individual throughout their health occurrence.

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