Health literacy and harm: Who is at risk? What is the fix?

Frankel, Allan
June 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;6/3/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 12, p1573
Academic Journal
The article reports on the study by G. Bartlett and colleagues regarding the risk of preventable adverse events among patients with communication problems accommodated to acute care hospitals in the U.S. The study reminds the two types of required improvements in health care which are those that are simple but tough to and those are complex and turbulent. It showed that many patients' communication problems disposed to a three-fold increased risk of a preventable adverse event and discovered a segment of the patient population worthy of examination and exertion. It also indicated the ubiquity of error and the universality of danger, whether inpatient or outpatient, preadmission or postadmission.


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