National Academy of Sciences
National Academy of Engineering
Institute of Medicine
National Research Council
Office of News and Public Information
April 8, 2004

Running Time: 1:00:19
Format: RealAudio (Requires free RealPlayer)

Nearly half of all American adults 90 million people have difficulty understanding and using health information, and there is a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services among patients with limited health literacy, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Limited health literacy may lead to billions of dollars in avoidable health care costs.

David A. Kindig, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Population Health Sciences, and Co-Director, Wisconsin Public Health and Health Policy Institute, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Chair, Committee on Health Literacy.