Expanding on my previous blog about the level of literacy needed to accurately take on board medical information online, the BBC have written an article about the effect of poor literacy on patients when taking medications. As Dr Barry Parker discusses, having health information is important to promote public health and increase awareness, but the disproportionate amount of this information that is presented in the written form could be really difficult for a subset of patients. The fear is also that the abundance of online information is replacing the face-to-face explanations given by consultants of the medical condition.
Very thought-provoking and interesting arguments!
Read the full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-15478753