Health Literacy and Palliative Care

When: July 9, 2015 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Where: Keck Center (Room 100) • 500 Fifth St. NW, Washington, DC 20001

Topics Public Health, Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Quality and Patient Safety, Select Populations and Health Equity
Activity: Roundtable on Health Literacy
Board: Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice

On July 9, 2015, the Roundtable on Health Literacy will hold a workshop featuring invited presentations and discussions of the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. In general, low health literacy is a barrier to receiving high quality health care. This is particularly important for people living with serious or chronic illnesses that require complex management regimens and have significant symptoms or treatments with significant side effects. The ability to understand the scope of the illness, what is necessary to treat the illness, and how to live with serious illness as comfortably as possible is crucial to patient treatment outcomes and quality of life. The workshop will cover end-of-life and advance illness care models and other areas of interest within palliative care. It will also include the interaction between patients, families, and providers, as well as the knowledge of palliative care and its principles among providers. 

The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration to attend the workshop in-person or via webcast is now open - please take the time to register. Thank you!

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