Many patients have trouble understanding lab test results, study finds

08/22/2014 | EHR Intelligence

A study conducted by University of Michigan researchers showed that many patients don't understand their electronic laboratory test results. Researchers measured the numerical and health literacy of over 1,800 participants and found that those with low comprehension were less likely to know if the result of a hypothetical blood glucose test was outside of the reference range. Researchers noted that presenting test results in a way that makes the data meaningful to those who have poor numerical or literacy skills could help encourage people to be more involved in their care.

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