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Health care illiteracy Implications for providers

Hartsell, Zachary MPAS, PA-C

Journal of the American Academy of PAs: May 2005 - Volume 18 - Issue 5 - p 41–47

Approximately 90 million adults in the United States are illiterate, a condition that frequently underlies low health literacy. Risk factors include poverty, incarceration, lack of education, immigration status, age, and race.

The author is a hospitalist PA in the Department of InternalMedicine, Mayo Clinic Hospital, Scottsdale, Ariz, and a memberof the JAAPA editorial board. He has indicated no relationshipsto disclose relating to the content of this article.

© 2005 American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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