Understanding the impact of health literacy on women's health

Carol Shieh, Judith A. Halstead

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Low health literacy negatively affects a woman's health knowledge, preventive behavior, ability to navigate the health care system, and ability to care for her children. Interventions to increase a woman's heath literacy include written education materials with proper reading level and design, clear communication, and education to increase health knowledge, self-efficacy, and self-advocacy skills. Health literacy should also be incorporated in nursing education programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)601-612
Number of pages12
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009


  • Assessment
  • Communication
  • Health education
  • Health literacy
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Maternity and Midwifery
  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care

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