ABC Health Matters
Date posted: October 9, 2019
October is Health Literacy Month!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines health literacy as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” It includes knowing how to describe symptoms, where to find help for health issues, how to understand medical information and how to safely manage the use of medication. Many Canadians have difficulty with these activities.
Did you know that ABC Life Literacy Canada has some ABC Health Matters resources for patients and caregivers that you can download for free?
- Make a Medical History Card
- Health Passport
- Caring for a loved one
- Tips for your next Doctor Visit
- You and Your Pharmacist
- Your Rights as a Patient
- Glossary of Health Words
- Your Health Centres
- Doing Health Math
Some contain references to Ontario health services that you will need to amend for use in BC.
There are also resources for health care providers:
- Communicating with Patients with Low Health Literacy
- Tips for your next Doctor Visit Poster-8.5×11″ Poster-11×17″
- You and Your Pharmacist Poster-8.5×11″ Poster-11×17″
You can also sign up for access to ABC Health Matters workbooks.