Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What does it mean for a patient to take an active role in their health care?

As a patient, it is important to take an active role in your health care because you are your own best advocate.

You should never feel bad to speak up, ask questions, and seek answers about your health or the health of a family member in your care, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Your health care is a team effort, of which you are an important part.

The HHS suggests some ways to be active in your health care including:

  • asking questions of your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, and other members of your care team
  • being prepared for medical appointments
  • keeping track of your health information
  • knowing your family health history
  • taking notes during visits to keep records of care information you need
  • visiting your doctor for regular check ups

For more ideas about how you can be active in your health care, talk with your doctor.

Learn more:

Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices