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The Rational Clinical Examination
David L. Simel, Drummond Rennie
Health Literacy
David L. Simel
Make the Diagnosis: Health Literacy

Topics Discussed: criterion standard comparisons (diagnostic tests), health literacy, likelihood ratio, make the diagnosis, prior probability, reference standards

Excerpt: "In populations of lower socioeconomic status and education, 26% of patients have inadequate literacy and 20% have marginal literacy.1 Among seniors enrolled in US Medicare plans, 34% of English-speaking and 53% of Spanish-speaking enrollees had inadequate or marginal literacy.2..."
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