Report Discusses Health Literacy

FEBRUARY 01, 2005

The National Women's Health Resource Center's (NWHRC) "Women & Health Literacy" explores how women can better understand their own health. "Low health literacy is a major obstacle for millions of women as they struggle to take care of their health," said Amy Niles, president and chief executive officer of the NWHRC, which publishes the bimonthly National Women's Health Report. "Our goal for this publication is that its readers, both consumers and health care professionals, do a better job of communicating. Improving the health of women depends upon improving health literacy."

The report also describes what health care professionals, as well as consumers, can do to begin to overcome the obstacles created by low health literacy. Health care professionals need to consider how much their elderly patients comprehend, according to Ray Bullman, executive vice president of the National Council on Patient Information and Education, which worked with NWHRC. For a free copy of "Women & Health Literacy," visit, or call 877-986-9472.