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MEDLINE/PubMed Search and Health Literacy Information Resources

Health Literacy Search

The MEDLINE/PubMed health literacy search retrieves citations to English language journal literature. See details of the search strategy below.

Search Details

The Reference and Web Services Section of the National Library of Medicine created and maintains this health literacy search strategy.


"health literacy" OR
“health literate” OR
“medical literacy” OR
(health [ti] AND
literacy [ti]) OR
(functional [tw] AND
health [tw] AND
literacy [tw]) OR
numeracy OR
((low-literate [ti] OR
low-literacy[ti] OR
literacy[ti] OR
illiteracy[ti] OR
literate[ti] OR
illiterate[ti] OR
reading [mh] OR
comprehension [mh]) AND
(health promotion [major] OR
health education [major] OR
patient education [major] OR
communication barriers [major] OR
communication [major:noexp] OR
health knowledge, attitudes, practice [major] OR
attitude to health[major])) OR
(comprehension [major] AND
educational status [major]) OR
(family [ti] AND literacy [ti]) OR
(("drug labeling" OR Prescriptions [mh]) AND ("comprehension” OR “numeracy”))
OR ((cancer[ti] OR diabetes[ti] OR genetic[ti]) AND (literacy[ti] OR comprehension[ti]))
OR “adult literacy” OR
“limited literacy” OR
“patient literacy” OR
“patient understanding”[ti] OR
(self care [major] AND perception[mh]) OR
(comprehension AND food labeling[mh])
AND English [la]

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