Health Literacy Is Considered A Motivating Factor Behind Wellness And The Absence Of Disease

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Introduction:
Health Literacy resides beneath the umbrella of social determinants; aptitude in this form of literacy is a determinant of wellbeing, and influences vulnerabilities and capacities towards disease formation and prevention (Reading & Wien, 2009). Health literacy is considered a motivating factor behind wellness and the absence of disease but also for appropriate management with regard to chronic disease with maximisation of outcomes directly attributing to health literacy capacity. Historically, health literacy had a subservient role in patient care, regardless of health consumer capacity and possessed an approach that lacked partnership, capacity building and thus empowerment. The significance of the relatively new and evolving concept of health literacy was unveiled with the emergence of patient education through the patient centred care approach, but also in other realms, such as primary health care in the form of health promotion and unequivocally indicated a central role in health maintenance, disease prevention and management. Capacity regarding health literacy is considered influential regarding health outcomes and as such is regarded as a key determinant for health with individual rates of health literacy varying and depend on cultural/geographical, & economical factors. There are varying elements (WITHIN) that reside under the umbrella of ‘Health literacy’ with three platforms titled: Functional, Conceptual and Empowerment in conjunction with six main…

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