The Institute of Medicine Workshop on Health Literacy in the Health Care Setting

Award Amount: $35,073
Approval Date: February 12, 2002
Start Date: May 1, 2002
End Date: September 30, 2003
National Academy of Sciences
500 5th Street NW
Room 758
Washington, D.C. 20001
Principal Investigator: Terry C. Pellmar, Ph.D.

This grant supported the publication of Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion report, published in April 2004. The report found that nearly half of all American adults—90 million people—have difficulty understanding and using health information, and there is a higher rate of hospitalization and use of emergency services among patients with limited health literacy. The report recommends that health care systems should develop and support programs to reduce the negative effects of limited health literacy and that health knowledge and skills be incorporated into the existing curricula of kindergarten through 12th grade classes, as well as into adult education and community programs.