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Communication discrepancies between physicians and hospitalized patients.
Olson DP, Windish DM. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170:1302-1307.
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Refocusing the lens: patient safety in ambulatory chronic disease care.
Sarkar U, Wachter RM, Schroeder SA, Schillinger D. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009;35:377-383.
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Patient comprehension of emergency department care and instructions: are patients aware of when they do not understand?
Engel KG, Heisler M, Smith DM, et al. Ann Emerg Med. 2009;53:454-7461.e15.
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Literacy and misunderstanding prescription drug labels.
Davis TC, Wolf MS, Bass PF III, et al. Ann Intern Med. 2006;145:887-94.
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Improving Patient Safety Through Informed Consent for Patients with Limited Health Literacy.
Wu HW, Nishimi RY, Page-Lopez CM, Kizer KW. Washington, DC: National Quality Forum; 2005.
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Preventing Medication Errors: Quality Chasm Series.
Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors, Aspden P, Wolcott J, Bootman JL, Cronenwett LR, eds. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2007.
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Risk of unintentional overdose with non-prescription acetaminophen products.
Wolf MS, King J, Jacobson K, et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27:1587-1593.
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Older patients' understanding of emergency department discharge information and its relationship with adverse outcomes.
Hastings SN, Barrett A, Weinberger M, et al. J Patient Saf. 2011;7:19-25.
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Inadequate health literacy among paid caregivers of seniors.
Lindquist LA, Jain N, Tam K, Martin GJ, Baker DW. J Gen Intern Med. 2011;26:474-479.
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Parents' medication administration errors: role of dosing instruments and health literacy.
Yin HS, Mendelsohn AL, Wolf MS, et al. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164:181-186.
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Improving prescription drug warnings to promote patient comprehension.
Wolf MS, Davis TC, Bass PF, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2010;170:50-56.
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Medication overdoses leading to emergency department visits among children.
Schillie SF, Shehab N, Thomas KE, Budnitz DS. Am J Prev Med. 2009;37:181-187.
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Predictors of misunderstanding pediatric liquid medication instructions.
Bailey SC, Pandit AU, Yin S, et al. Fam Med. 2009;41:715-721.
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Out-of-hospital medication errors: a 6-year analysis of the national poison data system.
Shah K, Barker KA. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2009;18:1080-1085.
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Using consumer-based kiosk technology to improve and standardize medication reconciliation in a specialty care setting.
Lesselroth B, Adams S, Felder R, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009;35:264-271.
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Parental misinterpretations of over-the-counter pediatric cough and cold medication labels.
Lokker N, Sanders L, Perrin EM, et al. Pediatrics. 2009;123:1464-1471.
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Patient error: a preliminary taxonomy.
Buetow S, Kiata L, Liew T, Kenealy T, Dovey S, Elwyn G. Ann Fam Med. 2009;7:223-231.  
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Medication errors in the homes of children with chronic conditions.
Walsh KE, Mazor KM, Stille CJ, et al. Arch Dis Child. 2011;96:581-586.
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Limited health literacy is a barrier to medication reconciliation in ambulatory care.
Persell SD, Osborn CY, Richard R, Skripkauskas S, Wolf MS. J Gen Intern Med. 2007;22:1523–1526.
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