Improving Digital Health Literacy
In today’s digital age, it’s easy to search for health information online. However, not all information is reliable or accurate. To improve your health literacy, it’s important to use reliable sources of health information. Here are some tips for finding accurate health information online:
When searching for health information online, make sure to use trusted websites such as government websites or websites from reputable organizations. Examples of such websites include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
Before trusting any health information you find online, check the source of the information. Find information from medical professionals, healthcare organizations, or other credible sources. Look for websites that cite their sources and provide references. You can also check for the author’s credentials and any conflicts of interest they may have. Plus, be wary of websites that are trying to sell products or promote a specific agenda.
Make sure to check the date of any health information you find online. Medical knowledge is constantly evolving, and information that was accurate in the past may no longer be true. Make sure to look for up-to-date information from trusted sources.
By using reliable sources of health information, you can improve your health literacy and make informed decisions about your health. For more reliable tips on how to evaluate health info on the internet visit this article on the NIH website.
If everyone took steps to improve their health literacy over the next 20-30 years, we could see significant improvements in health outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, improved health equity, improved public health, and a higher quality of life for individuals and communities.
It is difficult to provide an exact estimate of how much healthcare costs could be reduced with improved health literacy, as the impact of health literacy on healthcare costs is influenced by a variety of factors, such as the population being served and the types of healthcare services being provided. But, in one study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, it was estimated that low health literacy was associated with an additional $106 to $238 billion in healthcare costs annually in the United States. Improving health literacy has the potential to reduce these costs by improving healthcare efficiency and effectiveness, reducing healthcare utilization, and improving health outcomes.