Innovations in Health Literacy – Workshop Summary – IOM – 10 March 2011

Posted on March 11, 2011. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: , |

Innovations in Health Literacy – Workshop Summary – IOM – 10 March 2011

“Nearly nine out of 10 adults have difficulty using everyday health information to make good health decisions. Minority and lower socioeconomic groups disproportionately lack health literacy—the degree to which a person can obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. But are there proven ways to improve health literacy? How can research help illuminate pathways to improved health literacy and better health?

The IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy held a meeting on May 27, 2010, to explore areas for research in health literacy, the relationship between health literacy and health disparities, and ways to apply information technology to improve health literacy. Leaders from three government agencies presented the new National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy (NAP), and participants examined the role research can play in achieving the goals the NAP sets forth. This document summarizes the workshop.”

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