Health Literacy

Health Literacy Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Nearly one in two adults living in the United States has limited health literacy, which affects their ability to obtain, process, and understand basic health information, according to a 2004 Institute of Medicine report. The highest rates of limited health literacy are among people who are older, low-income, medically underserved, and minorities. 

The featured innovations describe different approaches health professionals used in community-based settings to improve health literacy.  

The featured QualityTools provide several resources to assess patient’s health literacy and address patients with low health literacy.

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