Patients with low health literacy are more likely to be hospitalized and elderly patients with low health literacy had a higher risk of mortality and were less likely to comply with medication regimens than those who had a better understanding of medical information, according to a review of data by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. "Ensuring that people understand health care information is critical to a high-quality, safe health care system," AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy said.

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