Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Low health literacy and mortality

From the Archives of Internal Medicine article "Health Literacy and Mortality Among Elderly Persons":
Conclusions Inadequate health literacy, as measured by reading fluency, independently predicts all-cause mortality and cardiovascular death among community-dwelling elderly persons. Reading fluency is a more powerful variable than education for examining the association between socioeconomic status and health.
Click here to access the journal abstract. Click here to access a lay article on this study.

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