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IoM 1report on the nation's limited health literacy reveals billions of health care dollars may be unnecessarily lost as a result of consumers' varied abilities to "obtain, process and understand basic information and services needed to make appropriate decisions regarding their health." The Committee on Health Literacy considered reading, speaking, writing, listening and arithmetic skills, as well as conceptual knowledge. The report, released April 8, calls on NIH, CDC and the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to work together on the issue...

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