Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion

Nielsen-Bohlman L, Panzer AM, Kindig DA (eds). Institute of Medicine Committee on Health Literacy.
Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2004

This 2004 report from the Institute of Medicine takes a deep look at health literacy and describes its origins, consequences, and solutions. The committee echoes the call of the Surgeon General and other health leaders on the import of health literacy, and it elaborates the cross-cutting priority for health literacy identified in the recent Institute of Medicine report on Priority Areas for National Action in Quality Improvement. Most importantly, the current report lays out a comprehensive strategy to improve health literacy in America.
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