Accessing, understanding, evaluating, and acting upon health information is difficult for people with limited health literacy. This is unfortunate, as people with limited health literacy are more often chronically ill and participate less in preventive programs such as cancer screening compared to people with adequate health literacy skills. Therefore, people with limited health literacy need health information the most. To make health information, especially online, more useful to them, ACHC research in this area focuses on how health information is processed, evaluated, and used by people with limited health literacy and how this information can be improved to meet the needs of this vulnerable group.
Almost two out of three Internet users have already looked for health information on the web, making it one of the main sources of health information. Often users do not follow up their search with a physician, putting themselves at risk of acting upon wrong information. As studies on health websites have highlighted high variance in information quality, the individuals’ […] Read more »
During the last decades the traditional paternalistic approach to the doctor-patient relationship has shifted towards a more patient-centered one; while the physicians’ role becomes less dominant, patients are increasingly taking on an active role in decisions regarding their own health. In this context, being able to obtain and understand all the information necessary to make a sound decision becomes crucial […] Read more »
Today, people are increasingly expected to act responsible with respect to their health and to make informed health decisions. To support this, health information is widely available, for example on the Internet. For many people, however, processing health information is difficult due to limited health literacy. To make health information more accessible to this group, health messages need to be […] Read more »