Health Literacy Month - October 1-31st 2002

The Health On the Net Foundation applauds the actions taken to develop research and programs on Health Literacy.

Definition of Health Literacy:

"the degree to which people can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services they need to make appropriate health decisions."

    - U.S. National Library of Medicine

HON recognizes the importance of improving healthcare information communication and encouraging health professionals, online information providers and researchers to learn about health literacy, increase awareness and improve not only access to health information but also e-health understanding!

For HON, the quality of health information on the Internet has been of concern since its creation in 1995 (see HON's mission). We have led international efforts to improve the quality of medical information on the Internet, notably through the HONCode Principles and the HONcode Seal of Approval for healthcare site developers. A summary report of programs and actions proposed worldwide in 2000 and 2001, and what people are planning for 2002 is available on the Health Literacy Month's web site.

Learn more about Health Literacy!

- Consult the FAQ
- National Library of Medicine: Current Bibliographies in Health Literacy, January 1990 through October 1999, 479 Citations http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/cbm/hliteracy.html

 

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