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health literacy


A measure of a person’s ability to understand health-related information and make informed decisions about that information.

Health literacy includes proper interpretation of prescription dosing instructions and following of self care advice. Up to 46% of patients misunderstand one or more dosing instructions. Patients at greatest risk of adverse drug events are the very young and very old and those who do not speak English as a native language. 

Reference American Family Physician 2013; 87:755-756

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