Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review – AHRQ – 28 March 2011

Posted on March 29, 2011. Filed under: Health Status | Tags: , |

Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review – AHRQ – 28 March 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Press release:  Low Health Literacy Linked to Higher Risk of Death and More Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations 

“Low health literacy in older Americans is linked to poorer health status and a higher risk of death, according to a new evidence report by HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). More than 75 million English-speaking adults in the United States have limited health literacy, making it difficult for them to understand and use basic health information.

The report, an update of a 2004 literature review featuring findings from more than 100 new studies, also found an association between low health literacy in all adults, regardless of age, and more frequent use of hospital emergency rooms and inpatient care, compared with other adults.”  … continues on the press release site

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