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

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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.


Speakers:
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.