The Mens Health Link is provided by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) for members of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution. The committee has 22 members, almost all of whom are health professionals. The primary responsibility of the committee is to provide information and education on health matters to the membership.
Initial health information in this link deals with “Health Literacy.” Health Literacy is described as “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” In a report from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM.gov) Health Literacy is further described as “The ability to understand instructions on prescription drug bottles, appointment slips, medical education brochures, doctor’s directions and consent forms, and the ability to negotiate complex healthcare systems. Health Literacy is not simply the ability to read. It requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytical and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations.”
Studies have shown that most Americans have quite limited health literacy. This is a very significant issue for web searching as more people, now in the millions, search the web for answers to health questions. Studies have shown that the more anxious a person is about finding answers relating to his health, the more anxious he ends up after searching. A major problem is that there are more and more websites to search, with more flawed and sometimes even deceptive information.
The Medical Advisory committee has reviewed and approved the following health literacy and information websites. We plan to periodically update and add to these lists.
Information provided in this link has been reviewed and approved by the Medical Advisory Committee (MAC). This is not medical advice, and any information that a reader might apply to himself should be communicated to his personal physician for professional deliberation and advice.
Health Literacy Websites for the SAR Compatriot
Health Literacy: Websites for Searching Symptoms and Specific Conditions
Health Literacy: Websites for Learning About Health Literacy
Health Literacy:Websites for Searching Medications
The MAC has also prepared a Medi-Log that can be downloaded, filled out and placed in your wallet. You can find it in the Forms section of the website here.
Last updated on 01 June 2011