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 This study is based on a critical examination of the literature on literacy and health to address two questions: 1) Are literacy skills related to use of health care services, health outcomes, costs of health care and disparities in health outcomes?; and 2) For individuals with low literacy skills, what are effective interventions?. It found strong evidence that low reading skills and poor health are related, but less evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions.

Health Literacy and Health Promotion


Implications of an Institute of Medicine Report

I Introduction

II Background of Report

III Summary of Report

IV Implications of Report

V Conclusion

VI References

-- submitted by Irving Rootman, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Distinguished Scholar and Professor, Centre for Community Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria (the conclusions/opinions in this paper are not necessarily those of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) or the Committee on Health Literacy)

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