Low Health Literacy Raises Risk Of Death

People who scored poorly on a test of their health literacy were twice as likely to die within five years as those with higher scores. The study, which tested nearly 8,000 adults over the age of 52, rated their ability to read and understand health-related information and then followed the participants over a five year period. During those years, just 6.0 percent of the group with the highest health-literacy ratings died compared to 16 percent of the group with the lowest scores and 9.0 percent of the group in the middle. Specifically, the test assessed participants ability to read and understand instructions for taking aspirin. Nearly one third of the individuals in the study could not completely comprehend the instructions. More here.

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