The Newest Vital Sign (NVS), the first tool available to assess health literacy in English and Spanish

Research shows that patients with low health literacy are less likely to comply with prescribed treatment and medical instructions from their physician. Identifying patients who are at risk for low health literacy allows physicians to apply specific clear health communication techniques that may enhance understanding. The Newest Vital Sign is a simple and fast way to identify those patients. The tool, which tests literacy skills for both numbers and words, has been validated against a previously validated measure of health literacy (the TOFHLA), and has been shown to take approximately three minutes to administer.


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