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Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Health literacy is important for effective care communications and safe medication use. This toolkit provides resources associated with medication therapy management and patient health literacy. Materials include health literacy assessments and guidance for prescription medicine instructions. A past PSNet perspective discussed the role of health literacy in patient safety.
CDC Vital Signs. August 23, 2016.
Alper J; Roundtable on Health Literacy; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; 2015. ISBN: 9780309371544.
Efforts to develop patients' ability to understand health information and follow treatment recommendations can enhance medication safety and engage patients in their care. The Institute of Medicine highlighted health literacy as a safety concern in 2004. This report summarizes the findings of a workshop convened to assess progress in this field and to discuss local, national, and international strategies to advance health literacy improvement.
Alper J, Hernandez LM; Roundtable on Health Literacy, Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; December 2014. ISBN: 9780309307383.
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.