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PUB-032: Health Literacy in Health Care Institutions

Health Literacy in Health Care Institutions: The Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) recognizes the importance of improving health literacy and supports efforts to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of using health communication strategies and health information technology to improve population health outcomes and health care quality, and to achieve health equity. Understanding the definition of health literacy to be the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions, the Society recommends all health care institutions adopt a health literacy policy with the primary goal of enhancing communication between patients and providers. The Society encourages the development of community and health system health literacy resources, supports appropriate state legislation aimed at improving health literacy, supports clear communication between health insurers and policy holders regarding covered benefits and exclusions, supports the efforts of Health Literacy Wisconsin in achieving these goals, and further supports research directed at demonstrating how improved health literacy impacts outcomes. (HOD, 0415)