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Measures of Health Literacy

Workshop Summary


Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); .
ISBN-13: 978-0-309-13980-9ISBN-10: 0-309-13980-5


The Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy serves to educate the public, press, and policy makers regarding issues of health literacy. To examine what is known about measures of health literacy, the Roundtable convened a planning committee (see Appendix A) to develop a workshop agenda that would address the following issues: The current status of measures of health literacy, including those used in the health care setting; Possible surrogate measures that might be used to assess health literacy; and Ways in which health literacy measures can be used to assess patient-centered approaches to care.


Lyla M Hernandez, Rapporteur.

This study was supported by contracts between the National Academy of Sciences and the Academy for Educational Development (Unnumbered Award); Affinity Health Plan (Unnumbered Award); American Academy of Family Physicians (Unnumbered Award); Johnson & Johnson (Unnumbered Award); Kaiser Permanente (Unnumbered Award); Merck & Co., Inc. (Unnumbered Award); Missouri Foundation for Health (08-048-HL-8); and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (N01-OD-4-2139, TO#148).

Suggested citation:

IOM (Institute of Medicine). 2009. Measures of Health Literacy: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the organizations or agencies that provided support for this project.

NOTICE: The project that is the subject of this report was approved by the Governing Board of the National Research Council, whose members are drawn from the councils of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.

Copyright © 2009, National Academy of Sciences.
Bookshelf ID: NBK45384PMID: 20845551DOI: 10.17226/12690


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