Health Literacy and Communication Strategies in Oncology: Proceedings of a Workshop


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Health literacy—the degree to which individuals can access, comprehend, and use information to make health care decisions—is a critical skill that enables people to engage in healthy behaviors to reduce cancer risk and improve health outcomes across the continuum of cancer care. In July 2019, the National Cancer Policy Forum and the Roundtable on Health Literacy convened a workshop to examine opportunities to improve communication in cancer care and to better support people across a range of health literacy abilities. This Proceedings of a Workshop highlights suggestions from individual participants to promote effective communication across the cancer care continuum, opportunities to improve public health communication and counter inaccurate information about cancer, and strategies for health care organizations to better assess and address health literacy needs.