Many lack the math skills to make good health decisions.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Life skills (Health aspects)
Life skills (Research)
Medical care (United States)
Medical care (Educational aspects)
Medical care (Research)
Mathematics (Study and teaching)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 310 Science & research Canadian Subject Form: Medical care (Private); Medical care (Private); Medical care (Private)
Product: Product Code: 8000001 Medical & Health Services; 9105210 Health Care Services; 8524200 Mathematics NAICS Code: 62 Health Care and Social Assistance; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs; 54171 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 230063962
Full Text: Valerie Reyna, professor of human development, is the lead author of a new paper in the November 2009 issue of Psychological Bulletin that reviews the research on patients' ability to understand and apply numerical information related to their health care. The paper suggests patients in medical offices should be screened for sufficient numerical skills to weigh their medical options, because studies indicate that more than 93 million Americans do not have the math skills necessary to make well-informed decisions about their medical care. Reyna recommends that experts develop interventions to help those at high risk for using inaccurate information to make health decisions.

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