Many older adults have adequate medication literacy— the ability to obtain patient-specific medication information, process received information, and make medication decisions. They have the skills necessary to safely and effectively use their medications, regardless of the mode by which the content is delivered (i.e., written, oral, or visual). However, more than one third of older adults have limited literacy, meaning that they may not have the facility, language, or knowledge to accurately take their prescribed medications. As a result, they can face increased or unnecessary health and economic costs.
The Public Policy Institute is engaging on this important subject. Researchers, providers, insurers and policy makers all have a role to play in improving the medication literacy of consumers, including older adults, and helping them attain the skills necessary to maintain good health.
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