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
- Impact of Low Health Literacy (aa47.wordpress.com)