Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy

Andrew Pleasant, Rima E. Rudd, Catina O’Leary, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Marin P. Allen, Wilma Alvarado-Little, Laurie Myers, Kim Parson, Stacey Rosen. “Considerations for a New Definition of Health Literacy,”  National Academy of Medicine Perspectives.

CRI Senior Director for Health Literacy and Research Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D., is the lead author of this new National Academy of Medicine discussion paper urging a new level of consensus on the definition of health literacy. To increase the effectiveness of the field in preventing disease and improving health outcomes, the authors state that four components should be considered in a new definition: system demands as well as individual skills and abilities; measurable components, processes, and outcomes; analysis of change; and linkage between informed decisions and action.