The societal cost of low health literacy
The mother, clearly agitated, came to my office holding a bottle of liquid antibiotic prescribed for her daughter’s ear infection. She asked, “How the hell am I supposed to get this into her ear?”
She could not read the directions, which said to give the medication by mouth.
A survey conducted between 2008 and 2010 by the Adult Literacy Program at Einstein’s Fisher Landau Center for the Treatment of Learning Disabilities found …