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Organizational assessment of health literacy within an academic medical center

      Health literacy is defined as “the degree to which individuals have the ability to find, understand, and use information and services to inform health-related decisions and actions for themselves and others.”
      Recent studies in surgery have shown that over one-third of patients have low health literacy, which has been associated with higher risk for worse postoperative outcomes and lower health-related quality of life.
      • Hälleberg Nyman M.
      • Nilsson U.
      • Dahlberg K.
      • Jaensson M.
      Association between functional health literacy and postoperative recovery, health care contacts, and health-related quality of life among patients undergoing day surgery: secondary analysis of a randomized clinical trial.
      As healthcare systems become increasingly complex, patients with low health literacy are being left behind.

      Abbreviations:

      SD (standard deviation)
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