AHRQ Report Links Low Health Literacy With Higher Risk of Death

Here is additional information on the AHRQ report mentioned in an earlier post…this coming from the American Medical Association Foundation.    A link to the full report appears at the end of the post.


“The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released a report that links low health literacy to higher risk of death and more emergency room visits and hospitalizations.  The report titled “Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review” is an update of their 2004 literature review and features findings from more than 100 new studies.

The authors found a link between low health literacy and a lower likelihood of getting flu shots and of understanding medical labels and instructions, and a greater likelihood of taking medicines incorrectly compared with adults with higher health literacy.  They also concluded that intensive self and/or disease management programs appear to reduce disease severity, emergency room visits, and hospital admissions among patients with limited health literacy.”


To view the report, visit http://www.elabs10.com/ct.html?rtr=on&s=x8pbgr,g0cj,2kcy,agy,aypb,bwxv,5sd6



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