My mother-in-law was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at stage four. “What exactly does that mean?”
“I’ve been coughing for four weeks. “Should I be worried?”
“I’m always thirsty.” “Does this imply I have diabetes?”
The Internet has given consumers the ability to obtain instantaneous information about almost any health issue that arises. For example, a Google search for “measles” yielded 12.1 million results in 0.11 seconds. Today, the problem is not so much finding information as it is determining which information is current, credible, and valuable. Unfortunately, many health-care consumers lack the literacy skills necessary to sift through available information and identify what is relevant. Nurses can play an important role in improving consumer health literacy. In this final week, you will investigate how nurses can help patients improve their health literacy.