Weekend extra: Americans need to step up on health literacy

May 25, 2008 by  

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A recent report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows that only 54% of Americans have an acceptable level of health literacy. The rest have only basic (32%) or below basic (14%) knowledge of health issues. According to Reuters, being health literate means having “the skills required to correctly complete health care-related activities like reading a prescription bottle, figuring out medication dosage, filling out forms or calculating insurance coverage.

How much do you know about health issues? Reading helps and this blog will help you improve your health literacy. Stay tuned.

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