Munsey S. Wheby, MD
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Wheby M.; Literacy and Misunderstanding Prescription Drug Labels. Ann Intern Med. 2007;147:280. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-147-4-200708210-00015
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2007;147(4):280.
TO THE EDITOR:
I applaud Annals of Internal Medicine for publishing the article and accompanying editorial on patient literacy and misunderstanding of prescription drug labels (1, 2). These articles help direct greater physician attention to the ability of patients to understand and follow basic health information. In addition, they spotlight our critical need to provide patients with health information in a form that they can read and follow.
Recognizing these needs, the American College of Physicians (ACP) Foundation embarked on a nationwide campaign in 2001—the Health Communication Initiative. This 10-year initiative focuses on the individual patient's capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services. The ACP Foundation's goal is to strengthen the nation's ability to address the needs of our aging population and the growing numbers of persons living with chronic disease. Many of the health literacy experts mentioned in these articles are working with the ACP Foundation to develop materials that we hope will improve the care of our patients.
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