January 20, 2018

What the experts say…

A patient’s ability to understand and act upon medical information has tremendous impact on health outcomes. Research suggests that people with low health literacy are less likely to seek preventive treatments, make more medication or treatment errors and are at a higher risk for hospitalization than people with adequate literacy skills. – Surgeon General

About Health Literacy

“Understanding health information is everyone’s right, and providing clear health communications is everyone’s responsibility” – Partnership for Clear Health Communications

“[Low] health literacy is an emerging issue that few states have addressed specifically and directly….  State  leaders have few remedies for treating what ails the nation’s health care system.”

– Council of State Governments

“Studies have established the connections between literacy level and health status and have found strong evidence that low literacy, poor health, and early death are inexorably linked…  As a result, a huge segment of the population, concentrated in low-income minority groups, is not reached by traditional health education and health promotion activities. This is the same population that has been found to have poorer health status overall with a higher incidence of chronic disease (Davis et al., 1996), higher rates of infant mortality (U.S. DHHS, Public Health Service, 1991), and shorter life expectancy (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1993).”  – World Education, Vision and Action Agenda

“Annual health care costs for those with low literacy skills are four times higher than for those with higher literacy skills. – AskMe3.org

Here’s what BESolutions says about Health Literacy.

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