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Genomic Health Literacy

Posted by Myra I. Roche on June 14, 2011

Health Literacy and Genetic Information

Health literacy, or rather, health illiteracy, is ubiquitous, correlated with worse chronic illness control, and increased emergency room usage.  As patients take (or are left with) more responsibility for making medical decisions, they increasingly rely on the internet for information, leaving those with low literacy, including parents, at considerable disadvantage.  While all medical specialties have barriers preventing patient understanding, the literacy hurdles in understanding genomic information are indeed so high that even other doctors find them difficult to scale.

What is health literacy and why should we care?  Read the rest of this entry »


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