Health Numeracy Communication
Numerical concepts include arithmetic and use of percentages, as well as tasks like estimation, probability, problem-solving, and risk assessment.
Like low health literacy, poor numeracy skills are widespread and affect more than just those with lower income or less education. Factors such as emotional stress (perhaps from a recent diagnosis), lack of time or confidence, high demands for numeracy skills, or simply a dislike of math can affect understanding, leading to people feeling overwhelmed.
Health professionals and health systems communicate numerical information in complicated ways, which also increases the challenge for patients and families.
Watch this video of Dr. Tina Moore speaking about health numeracy and how it impacts health care.