Welcome to Central Community College's library guide to online health information for consumers and professionals. This guide is intended to provide you with important and reliable health information along with guidelines for evaluating health/medical information.
This guide is not a substitute for visiting your healthcare provider about health concerns or medical conditions.
Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad?
Health literacy refers to how well a person can get the health information and services that they need, and how well they understand them. It is also about using them to make good health decisions. It involves differences that people have in areas such as
More than 90 million adults in the United States have low health literacy. It affects their ability to make health decisions. This can harm their health. They may have trouble managing chronic diseases, and leading a healthy lifestyle. They may go to the hospital more often, and have poorer health overall.