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Development of a brief test to measure functional health literacy.
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The development of an abbreviated version of the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults (TOFHLA) to measure patients' ability to read and understand health-related materials that can be used by health educators to identify individuals who require special assistance to achieve learning goals is described. Expand
Deficits in communication and information transfer between hospital-based and primary care physicians: implications for patient safety and continuity of care.
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Interventions such as computer-generated summaries and standardized formats may facilitate more timely transfer of pertinent patient information to primary care physicians and make discharge summaries more consistently available during follow-up care. Expand
Inadequate functional health literacy among patients at two public hospitals.
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Many patients at the authors' institutions cannot perform the basic reading tasks required to function in the health care environment, and inadequate health literacy may be an important barrier to patients' understanding of their diagnoses and treatments, and to receiving high-quality care. Expand
Functional health literacy and the risk of hospital admission among Medicare managed care enrollees.
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Inadequate literacy was an independent risk factor for hospital admission among elderly managed care enrollees and was higher for individuals with inadequate literacy than for those with adequate literacy. Expand
Health literacy among Medicare enrollees in a managed care organization.
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Elderly managed care enrollees may not have the literacy skills necessary to function adequately in the health care environment, and low health literacy may impair elderly patients' understanding of health messages and limit their ability to care for their medical problems. Expand
The health care experience of patients with low literacy.
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To understand the difficulties that patients with poor reading ability have interacting with the health care system and to identify the coping mechanisms they use to deal with these problems, two large, urban public hospitals are chosen. Expand
Executive summary: HFSA 2006 Comprehensive Heart Failure Practice Guideline.
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Heart failure is a syndrome characterized by high mortality, frequent hospitalization, reduced quality of life, and a complex therapeutic regimen that makes HF an ideal candidate for practice guidelines. Expand
The association between age and health literacy among elderly persons.
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Functional health literacy was markedly lower among older age groups even after adjusting for differences in MMSE performance, newspaper reading frequency, health status, and visual acuity. Expand
Results of the Medications At Transitions and Clinical Handoffs (MATCH) Study: An Analysis of Medication Reconciliation Errors and Risk Factors at Hospital Admission
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Over one-third of the patients in this study had a medication error at admission, and of these patients, 85% had errors originate in their medication histories, which should focus on older patients with a large number of medications. Expand
Inadequate literacy is a barrier to asthma knowledge and self-care.
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Inadequate literacy was common and strongly correlated with poorer knowledge of asthma and improper MDI use, and patient reading level was the strongest predictor of asthma knowledge score in multivariate analysis. Expand
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