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Advancing Health Literacy Measurement: A Pathway to Better Health and Health System Performance

Pleasant, Andrew. Advancing Health Literacy Measurement: A Pathway to Better Health and Health System Performance. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives.  

Low levels of healthy literacy have been linked with poor health, poor health care utilization, increased barriers to care, and early death. However, methods for measuring health literacy have continually evolved and remain incomplete. In this paper, CRI Senior Advisor for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., highlights the need for a comprehensive update to the definition of health literacy and for a universally applicable healthy literacy measurement in order to improve public health and health system performance.