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Address correspondence and requests for reprints to Dr. Parker: Emory University School of Medicine, 49 Jesse Hill Dr., Atlanta, GA 30303 (e-mail: Rpark01@emory.edu).

Subject:

Beyond the Institute of Medicine Health Literacy Report: Are the Recommendations Being Taken Seriously?

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Journal Title:

Journal of General Internal Medicine

Volume:

Volume 21, Number 8

Publisher:

, Pages 891-892

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review

Abstract:

This issue indicates that a substantial amount of work is underway by serious investigators on a variety of health literacy topics. Our purpose in this editorial is to place this work in the context of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2004 Health Literacy report, which we were privileged to help create. We will conclude that while progress is being made, the scope is not broad enough and the pace not fast enough to make the progress that is necessary. In the words of the report, “efforts to improve quality, reduce costs, and reduce disparities cannot succeed without simultaneous improvements in health literacy."

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© 2006 by the Society of General Internal Medicine. All rights reserved

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