Patient Literacy and Access to Radiology Information.
Radiology. 2019 Apr;291(1):119-120. doi: 10.1148/radiol.2019190007. Epub 2019 Jan 29.
To become a physician requires a high level of literacy, and many physicians then live in a world where they are largely surrounded by people as literate as they are. It may be surprising to find that such a high level of literacy is not universal. The 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy tested a sample of adults (aged 16 years or older) and found that 93 million American adults (43% of the population) could read at only a basic level or lower. This equates to an ability to “perform simple and everyday literacy activities” (1). The situation is similar in many other countries (2).