National Spotlight on Health Literacy With Publication of Two Reports

Calling the issue of health literacy a “very unappreciated problem,” the Institute of Medicine, along with the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, issued separate reports today addressing the 90 million Americans who have lower than average health literacy. “Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion,” is the IOM report; “Literacy and Health Outcomes” is the AHRQ evidence report. The American Medical Association also joined the IOM and AHRQ at today’s Washington, DC press conference. AMA President-Elect John Nelson, M.D., M.P.H., said that health literacy will become part of medical school curricula.