Quality Health Information and Cultural Competence
Definition: “Whether a person can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services that are needed to make suitable health decisions. Health literacy includes the ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment cards, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions, and consent forms. It also includes the ability to navigate complex health care systems. Health literacy is not simply the ability to read. It requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical, and decision-making skills and the ability to apply these skills to health situations” (CDC, 2014, para. 10).
One of the most common barriers to quality health information and health care is health literacy (Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS], 2013). Understanding basic health information is a step towards receiving appropriate care. Below are links for a terminology dictionary and a guideline in finding quality health information.
Tools for Understanding Medical Terminology
Guideline for Finding Reliable Health Information
Awareness, Identify, and Respect cultural beliefs and traditional practices
Culture: “is the blended patterns of human behavior that include “language, thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups” (CDC, 2014, para. 3).