What Is Health Literacy Health information is complicated, and it often is not conveyed in a simple manner. What Is Clear Health Communication? Although definitions of health literacy emphasize individual abilities, health literacy is really about the interaction between individuals and the health care environment. How Prevalent Is Low Health Literacy? Low health literacy is very common. How Can Health Care Facilities Be More Sensitive To Health Literacy? Health care facilities, including clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals, can be challenging for the average patient to navigate. Improve Written Communication Most adults, regardless of education level, want health care information that is easy to read and understand. Universal Precautions For Health Communication Some health care professionals are reluctant to use plain language when communicating with patients. How Does Health Literacy Affect Patient's Health A large body of research shows that health literacy affects nearly every aspect of health, from medical knowledge to mortality. Improve Public Communication Health care facilities can be challenging for the average patient to navigate. Improve Verbal Communication The average consumer is not familiar with health terminology. Resources To Recommend A wealth of health information is available on the internet.