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Invited Commentary
August 2018

Making the Case for Importance of Health Literacy in the Surgical Population

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Department of Urologic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA Surg. 2018;153(8):745-746. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.0673

Population health literacy has recently garnered attention within the medical community as new associations between health literacy and health care–related outcomes have been elucidated. Within the medical patient population, there is a clear correlation between low health literacy and poor patient outcomes.1,2 It has only been more recently that health literacy within the surgical patient population has been evaluated.3,4 However, there continue to be gaps in our knowledge on its impact in surgery, such as in ambulatory settings and quality of life (QoL).

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