Letters Health literacy

Going beyond the written word

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3066 (Published 01 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3066
  1. Maurice Joseph Bonar, psychiatrist1,
  2. Mary Clarke
  1. 1Early Intervention for Psychosis Service, Blackrock, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. maurice.bonar{at}sjog.ie

Raynor points out that increasing health literacy would improve health outcomes.1

One in six people in the UK has literacy skills below that expected of an 11 year old.2 A recent study found that, on average, 46.3% of people living in eight developed European countries have “inadequate” or …

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