Literacy levels of ophthalmic patient education materials.


Journal Article (Review)

Health care providers have become increasingly aware of poor patient understanding of their illnesses and their treatments. A major, increasingly recognized factor in poor understanding and compliance is the low literacy skills of 90 million Americans. This article reviews the literature on the relationship between patients' literacy skills and the literacy levels required to read educational health care materials, and applies a similar analysis to commonly used ophthalmic patient-educational materials. Understanding the relationships between patient literacy skills and health care utilization will be critical in improving the efficiency of the health care system.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ebrahimzadeh, H; Davalos, R; Lee, PP

Published Date

  • September 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 152 - 156

PubMed ID

  • 9381368

Pubmed Central ID

  • 9381368

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0039-6257

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0039-6257(97)00027-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States