Health literacy is the ability of patients and parents to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate decisions. Low health literacy means more errors dispensing medication, less adherence to health plans and problems managing chronic conditions. Nearly half of all American adults—90 million people—have difficulty understanding and acting upon health information.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has been active in addressing pediatric-specific issues related to health literacy and parent/patient understanding.
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