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Health Literacy News

Listed here are news and information related to health literacy issues. Please note that some of the links below may take you off the AMA Foundation website. A listing here does not indicate endorsement by the AMA Foundation.

News items from AMA sources

Health literacy and outcomes among patients with heart failure
JAMA. 2011;305(16):1695-1701. April 27, 2011.

Functional health literacy in patients with glaucoma in urban settings
Arch Ophthalmol: May 2008

Incorporating Health Literacy Into Medical Education
AMA Foundation Health Literacy Update: Summer 2005

White House Conference on Aging 
Proceedings of the Mini-Conference on Health Literacy and Health Disparities, AMA, 2005.

Medical Student Leads Health Literacy Training Efforts on Campus
AMA Foundation Health Literacy Update: Winter 2004/2005

Low Health Literacy Called a Major Problem,
Brian Vastag. JAMA. 2004;291:2181-2182. May 12, 2004.
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Association of Health Literacy With Diabetes Outcomes.
JAMA
, Jul 2002; 288: 475 - 482 Dean Schillinger, Kevin Grumbach, John Piette, Frances Wang, Dennis Osmond, Carolyn Daher, Jorge Palacios, Gabriela Diaz Sullivan, and Andrew B. Bindman
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Health Information on the Internet: Accessibility, Quality, and Readability in English and Spanish 
JAMA
, May 2001; 285: 2612 - 2621.
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A Multivariate Analysis of Factors Associated With Depression: Evaluating the Role of Health Literacy as a Potential Contributor 
Arch Intern
Med. 160;3307-3314, Nov. 27, 2000, Julie Gazmararian.
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Use of a Low-Literacy Patient Education Tool to Enhance Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates: A Randomized Controlled Trial 
JAMA
, Aug 1999; 282: 646 - 650. Terry A. Jacobson, Donna M. Thomas, Felicia James Morton, Gardiner Offutt, Jennifer Shevlin, and Susan Ray
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Why Literacy Matters: Links Between Reading Ability and Health 
Arch Ophthalmol
. 117;100-103, January 1999, Why Literacy Matters: Links Between Reading Ability and Health, Paul P. Lee, MD, JD
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Health Literacy Among Medicare Enrollees in a Managed Care Organization 
JAMA
. 281;545-551, Feb. 10, 1999, Health Literacy Among Medicare Enrollees in a Managed Care Organization, Julie A. Gazmararian, MPH, PhD; David W. Baker, MD, MPH; Mark V. Williams, MD; Ruth M. Pa
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Health Literacy: Report of the Council on Scientific Affairs
JAMA, Feb. 10, 1999.  Vol 281, No. 6

Relationship of Functional Health Literacy to Patients' Knowledge of Their Chronic Disease: A Study of Patients With Hypertension and Diabetes 
Arch Intern Med
. 158;166-172, Jan. 26, 1998, Relationship of Functional Health Literacy to Patients' Knowledge of Their Chronic Disease: A Study of Patients With Hypertension and Diabetes, Mark V.
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News items from non-AMA sources

Dentist-patient communication techniques used in the United States: The results of a national survey
J Am Dent Assoc. Apr 29, 2011; 142: 518-530

Many Americans have poor health literacy
The Washington Post, Feb. 28, 2011

Validation of an Organizational Communication Climate Assessment Toolkit
Am J of Med Quality. Nov/Dec 2010. Vol. 25, No. 6, 436-443.

Health Literacy Implications of the Affordable Care Act
Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. Nov 2010.

Special issue on health literacy of Journal of Health Communication
Journal of Health Communication International Perspectives, Vol. 15, Supplement 2, 2010

Contextual Errors and Failures in Individualizing Patient Care
Ann Intern Med., July 20, 2010; 153:126-127

The "Newest Vital Sign" Ease of Use and Correlates
J Am Board Fam Med. Mar-Apr 2010; 23: 195-203

Patients' Question-Asking Behavior During Primary Care Visits
Ann Fam Med. Vol. 8, No. 2. Mar/Apr 2010

More than half can't find heart on body diagram
CNN Health, June 15, 2009

Do You Know What Your Doctor Is Talking About?
New York Times: April 2, 2009

Doctors Often Overestimate Patients' Health Literacy
US News & World Report, Oct. 17, 2008

Following Doctor's Orders Isn't Hard, if You Can Read
New York Times
: July 24, 2007

The Importance of Knowing What the Doctor Is Talking About
New York Times
: January 30, 2007.

Navigating Healthcare: Both educators and medical professionals have roles to play in making healthcare more accessible to all
Focus on Basics: Vol. 8, Issue C, November 2006, Jennie E. Anderson & Rima Rudd
A National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy research team conducted activities to understand and document what makes healthcare facilities difficult to navigate and to highlight unnecessary barriers.

The Health Literacy Consulting website features several articles

Doctors have prescription for peace of mind
St. Petersburg Times: Feb. 15, 2005
A program called Information Rx is being piloted in several Florida counties and serves as an example of a health literacy tool that providers can use to address patients' low health literacy.

Institute of Medicine Report on Health Literacy Released
Institute of Medicine, 2004.
IOM has released "Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion". Among the findings are that 90 million Americans are burdened with inadequate health literacy skills.