Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor
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To the Editor: The Health Literacy Report of
the Council on Scientific Affairs1 makes
the important point that communication with patients is facilitated when clinicians
tailor health information to patients' literacy and comprehension levels.
The report also notes that the National Adult Literacy Survey from the US
Department of Education found that nearly half of American adults have low-level
reading skills.2 In fact, the mean reading
level of US adults is at grade 8, and the mean reading level of Medicaid enrollees
is at grade 5.3
Kellerman R, Weiss BD. Health Literacy and the JAMA Patient Page. JAMA. 1999;282(6):525-527. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-6-jbk0811