The ABCs of health literacy

Virginia S. Mika, Patricia J. Kelly, Michelle A. Price, Maria Franquiz, Roberto Villarreal

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A significant portion of the US population has serious problems with both literacy and understanding how to effectively use and understand health-related information. An understanding of the breadth and significance of this problem and its impact on health outcomes is now clear. Interventions and strategies for effectively working with patients with limited literacy must be developed and evaluated. An agenda for medical and public health workers, health educators, and researchers is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalFamily and Community Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Health education
  • Health literacy
  • Patient education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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