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Facilitating Patient Understanding of Discharge Instructions: Workshop Summary.

Alper J; Hernandez LM; Roundtable on Health Literacy; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine; IOM.

Poor health literacy has been identified as an important threat to patient safety, particularly through potentially contributing to adverse drug events. This workshop report reveals how health literacy affects patients' abilities to follow discharge instructions and makes recommendations to improve after-visit summaries to augment patient understanding of directions.