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Nearly One-Quarter of the U.S. Population Has Low Health Literacy

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According to a national health survey taken by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), 23.3 percent of the U.S. population has low health literacy. This means such people have difficulty understanding health-related information. The phone and Internet survey involved a random sample of 1,000 Americans. One important survey finding is that only 58 percent of people with low health literacy have a steady source of medical care. Equally significant, only 28 percent of low health literacy individuals rate their health and fair or poor. Moreover, men, Latinos, low income people, individuals with a high school education or less, and the unemployed have lower health literacy. Read more at the Beckers Hospital Review article.