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Low ‘Health Literacy’ Hazardous to Your Health

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From the 12 August 2011 Health Information Literacy -for health and well being blog item

This study, highlighted in a recent BHIC Blog post, is well known to following of health literacy issues.

http://www.healthfinder.gov/news/newsstory.aspx?docID=654935 
Study found inability to interpret health information linked to poorer outcomes.
By Kathleen Doheny
HealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, July 22 (HealthDay News) — If you have low “health literacy,” defined as having difficulty understanding medical information, your health may be at risk. In a review of 96 published studies, researchers concluded that low health literacy is linked with many types of poorer health outcomes and poorer use of health services.

August 16, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health, Consumer Safety, Public Health |

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