Oppression of the disease and its treatment

In looking at health literacy from a socio-cultural and critical perspective, one of the themes I’m looking at is oppression. I had originally thought that I’d be looking at my experience and how the healthcare system (e.g. providers, insurance companies) was oppressing me – although I questioned the term oppression in part because the healthcare system Read More …

Health Literacy repositioned

I recently read an article on health literacy by Uta Papen: Papen, U. (2009). Literacy, Learning and Health–A social practices view of health literacy. Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults, 16(2-1), 19-34. Retrieved from https://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/journals/index.php/lnj/article/download/1275/1326. The dominant view is that health literacy is an ability possessed by individuals Read More …

Health literacy as a patients job

An article on Simplifying patient communication can lead to better health outcomes by Eve Becker, crossed my stream today. I was struck by this statement: “Enter the field of health literacy, which aims to help physicians increase patient communication, speak in plain language and write clear prescriptions with easy-to-understand instructions.” I found myself wondering why Read More …

Remission society and mourning my fantasy future

I apologies to those who read all my blogs, as I am cross posting this. I’d love to hear answers from the various readers of my different blogs. I want to connect two ideas: the idea of remission society as described by Arthur Frank (1995), and the concept of the fantasy future that I learned while Read More …