The relationship of patient reading ability to self-reported health and use of health services.

@article{Baker1997TheRO,
  title={The relationship of patient reading ability to self-reported health and use of health services.},
  author={David W. Baker and Ruth M. Parker and Mark V. Williams and W. Scott Clark and Joanne R. Nurss},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  year={1997},
  volume={87 6},
  pages={1027-30}
}
OBJECTIVES This study examined the relationship of functional health literacy to self-reported health and use of health services. METHODS Patients presenting to two large, urban public hospitals in Atlanta, Ga, and Torrance, Calif, were administered a health literacy test about their overall health and use of health care services during the 3 months preceding their visit. RESULTS Patients with inadequate functional health literacy were more likely than patients with adequate literacy to… CONTINUE READING

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