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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; May 2002. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0040c.
This Web site suggests questions that all patients should ask a physician, nurse, and/or pharmacist when they receive a medication prescription.
Chase M. Wall Street Journal. August 16, 2005:D1.
This article reports that in other countries, some medications have the same brand name as U.S. medications but contain completely different ingredients, often for treatment of different conditions. To avoid mix-ups, the article cautions against purchasing prescription medications abroad.
Journal Article > Study
Language barriers to prescriptions for patients with limited English proficiency: a survey of pharmacies.
Bradshaw M, Tomany-Korman S, Flores G. Pediatrics. 2007;120:e225-e235.
Tools/Toolkit > Government Resource
Jacobson KL, Gazmararian JA, Kripalani S, McMorris KJ, Blake SC, Brach C. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2007. AHRQ Publication No. 07-0051.
This AHRQ-funded publication provides a tool to help organizations identify health literacy issues, as well as methods for implementing an action plan drawn from assessment results.
Hernandez LM; for Roundtable on Health Literacy, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2008.
Depicting how medication labels and instructions confuse patients, this report addresses ambulatory medication safety and offers recommendations on how to standardize pharmacy labels to help prevent errors.
Audiovisual > Audiovisual Presentation
Gill L. Consumer Reports Health. June 2011.
This video reports on a sampling of prescriptions from major retail pharmacies that demonstrated gaps, inconsistencies, and lack of clarity in drug information distributed to patients with their medications.