The author will explore the functional health literacy (FHL) concept through a critical analysis of the definition --examining its limitations and applications within the context of the "knowledge-based economy." The functional approach, derived from a medical model, serves as an information commodity within a human capital approach to literacy and healthcare. Purpose of This Exploration: Functional Health Literacy as the "Prescription to End Confusion?"
This article critiques a prevailing concept, health literacy, and its efficacy in today's health care system. Spanning, from 2001-2006, the meta-analysis is composed of 92 secondary references in law, public health, literacy, and medicine, which cites additional, diverse research studies. A version of this article was presented at a conference at Lancaster University on the Knowledge-Based Economy, at which a member of an editorial board of JCEPS recommended that I submit it to the journal for publication. It was reviewed by an outside reviewer and the editor, and the article was accepted. It is in an online format and is easily accessible. It has had over 2000 viewings and was also featured on medical science and public health websites, including a promotion to members of a National Institute for Literacy listserv.The article appeals to a broad academic , policy maker, and practitioner-based audience. RAE_import_type : Internet publication RAE_uoa_type : Education