Research suggests that setting a baseline by getting an estimate of your individual cardiovascular risk can help you see more clearly what you have at stake and what you can do to improve your chances of a long and healthy life.
In a nationally representative sample of more than 6,000 Americans, researchers found an acute lack of understanding among low-income people regarding finances in general, and health reform and health insurance in particular.
An American Life Panel survey finds that a lack of knowledge about health reform and health insurance is especially acute among the poor, less educated, young, and females. This presents challenges for implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Most people lack the information they need to judge or track the quantity and quality of the nutrients they consume. The FDA should take a disease prevention approach — as it is currently doing with trans fat — in promoting standards that address how all foods are prepared and served away from home.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands coverage to millions of Americans. But the newly eligible may face challenges enrolling if they lack understanding of how the health care system itself works. Laurie Martin explains the role of health literacy in determining how successful the ACA will be in providing coverage for America's uninsured.
Resolving the question of whether or not the U.S. has finally gotten a handle on health care spending is vitally important, because the choices we make going forward will have profound implications for our economy, the financial wellbeing of millions of American families, and ultimately America's standing in the world.
It is likely that communities with low rates of non-urgent ED use not only have better access to primary care, but patients who are educated about appropriate care seeking and convenient alternatives for acute care, writes Lori Uscher-Pines.
Immigrants who come to the United States from Mexico arrive with a significant amount of undiagnosed disease. About half who have diabetes are unaware they have it and about one-third of those with high blood pressure are unaware of the illness.
If the Affordable Care Act is to successfully expand health care coverage and access for those who most need it, states must implement strategies to ensure that those eligible for coverage are appropriately and efficiently enrolled.
While reading and numeracy best represent overall literacy, patients' relative strengths may vary. Effective communication with patients should rely on both oral exchange and written health information, and not rely on a single literacy skill.
This web-based mapping tool can help health care decisionmakers in Missouri identify community-level hotspots where suboptimal health care exists, in particular when it is related to low health literacy.
To understand the implementation and effects of school-based literacy or reading coaching, researchers surveyed principals, coaches, and reading and social studies teachers in 113 middle schools in eight large Florida school districts.