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SAPC Hot Topic: the importance of ‘health literacy’ in primary care

  • Gill Rowlands (a1) and Jo Protheroe (a2)
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Correspondence to: Dr Jo Protheroe, Senior Lecturer In General Practice, Institute of Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, Staffordshire, UK. Email:
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D.A. Dewalt , N.D. Berkman , S. Sheridan , K.N. Lohr M.P. Pignone 2004: Literacy and health outcomes: a systematic review of the literature. Journal of General Internal Medicine 19, 12281239.

M.K. Paasche-Orlow , R.M. Parker , J.A. Gazmararian , L.T. Nielsen-Bohlman R.R. Rudd 2005: The prevalence of limited health literacy. Journal of General Internal Medicine 20, 175184.

C.K. Powell , E.G. Hill D.E. Clancy 2007: The relationship between health literacy and diabetes knowledge and readiness to take health actions. The Diabetes Educator 33, 144151.

T.L. Scott , J.A. Gazmararian , M.V. Williams D.W. Baker 2002: Health literacy and preventive health care use among Medicare enrollees in a managed care organization. Medical Care 40, 395404.

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Primary Health Care Research & Development
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