Talk:Health literacy

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whoever you are, you violated your own suggestions with your revisions of the revisions. the more useful and polite approach would have been to ask for citations here or realize the citations were already embedded within the page if you simply knew the literature being cited ... versus your wholesale deletes. Really disrespectful of you. Go edit somewhere else please. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.85.178.161 (talk) 02:36, 18 November 2008 (UTC)

I reinserted the definition of health literacy that has been the lead sentence on this page since it was created. See # 5 below. There is an accepted way to introduce controversy about ideas in Wikipedia articles, but in a fashion that is balanced and informs about both sides. Statements such as those in #3 below are just polemics. Pardon me, but I don't see a bona fide citation acceptable to Wikipedia. I suggest that you review the Help pages, neutral point of view, citation styles and other policies of making edits on Wikipedia before making any more edits. Almost everything you did to edit this article was wrong, as I detailed in my comment below. Including placing this comment in the wrong place on this page, and not signing it. Ryanjo (talk) 02:47, 19 November 2008 (UTC)

Edits by 67.85.178.161[edit]

I have reverted recent changes by user 67.85.178.161.

Usually, substantial changes to a researched and referenced article should be introduced on this discussion page first.

In general, there are the following issues:

1. The edit summaries are blank (see Wikipedia: Edit summary).

2. There are no references given for the statements:

  • There is no single definition of health literacy currently accepted by all practitioners or researchers.,
  • According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, fully 88% or nearly 9 out of 10 American adults are below the proficient level in health literacy. Hundreds of studies demonstrate that most of the information distributed by the health care system is at the proficient level.,
  • Several tests of health literacy have been developed, but none are complete measures of health literacy and all suffer various methodological concerns despite their use in research studies.

3. Statements such as:

  • That definition unfortunately places the burden on the public and not the health care system and is oriented toward gaining patient "compliance" rather than entering into an equal relationship between the health care system and the public. ,
  • The mismatch is clear.,
  • ... it may increase the shame people with low health literacy experience
express personal conclusions, not referenced facts, and violate Wikipedia policies against original research (WP:NOR) and neutral point of view (NPOV).

4. Please do not remove references that don't agree with an editor's opinion.

5. Beginning the article with the statement There is no single definition of health literacy currently accepted by all practitioners or researchers is of no value to the reader looking for the definition. Controversies about the definition should be illustrated in the body of the article and appropriately referenced. See WP:V.

Ryanjo (talk) 20:26, 9 November 2008 (UTC)