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Table 4 The matrix with four dimensions of health literacy applied to three health domains

From: Health literacy and public health: A systematic review and integration of definitions and models

  Access/obtain information relevant to health Understand information relevant to health Process/appraise
information relevant to health
Apply/use information relevant to health
Health care Ability to access information on medical or clinical issues Ability to understand medical information and derive meaning Ability to interpret and evaluate medical information Ability to make informed decisions on medical issues
Disease prevention Ability to access information on risk factors for health Ability to understand information on risk factors and derive meaning Ability to interpret and evaluate information on risk factors for health Ability to make informed decisions on risk factors for health
Health promotion Ability to update oneself on determinants of health in the social and physical environment Ability to understand information on determinants of health in the social and physical environment and derive meaning Ability to interpret and evaluate information on health determinants in the social and physical environment Ability to make informed decisions on health determinants in the social and physical environment