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Janis.Y.Chen
Mon 7th January '13, 8:26pm
Everyday, thousands of patients are not taking their medications correctly. Some take too much. Others take too little. Some use a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon. Patients pour an oral antibiotic suspension in their child's ear instead of giving it by mouth because it was prescribed for an ear infection. Others are in the emergency department because they did not know how to use their asthma inhaler.

TomHsiung
Mon 7th January '13, 8:35pm
Yes, Chen. You right. According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, 36% of Americans have limited health literacy skills, meaning that out of four levels, they function at the lowest two. That's serious problem for the medical outcome, especially for the pharmacotherapy.