Low Health Literacy Links to Healthcare Spending Confirmed

If healthcare providers are serious about reducing readmissions and improving outcomes, they must address health literacy, the lack of which leads to more emergency care and hospitalizations, less use of preventive services, and poorer medication compliance. That’s not exactly news; researchers have described similar results in 2004. But it has been reinforced by an updated and exhaustive analysis of 96 studies, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers for the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

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