The following tools are available to assist in assessing patients’ health literacy.
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8-item list of common medical terms for patient to read aloud; used to assess literacy and estimate reading level
6-item general questions based on a nutrition label; used to assess comprehension and numeracy
1-item self-assessment question on ability to understand information from health care providers; used to identify inadequate health literacy
8-item self-assessment scale; used to assess general numeracy skills (fractions, percentages, etc.)
3-item self-assessment regarding mathematical ability and preferences; used to assess general numeracy