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Moving Toward Real Solutions: Advances to Address Low Health Literacy

What: The American College of Physicians Foundation (ACPF) and the Institute of Medicine bring together leading researchers and other stakeholders from around the country to take a solution-oriented approach to the problem of low health literacy.

When: November 29, 2006; 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC

News: Health literacy expert and chairperson of the ACP Foundation's Patient-Centered Health Literacy Advisory Board Terry C. Davis, PhD, unveils the results of a new study on the relationship between literacy and understanding of container and auxiliary labels for prescription medications. The study, "To Err is Truly Human: Literacy and Misunderstanding of Prescription Drug Labels," is being released online to the public by Annals of Internal Medicine on November 29 before its print publication on December 19.

Additional health literacy expert speakers and topics include:

Charles Ganley, MD, Director Division of Over the Counter Products, Food and Drug Administration Topic: The Drug Facts labeling rule that mandates specific labeling content and format on OTC drug products and a brief review of studies used to evaluate consumer comprehension.

William Shrank, MD, MSHS, Instructor, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Harvard University School of Medicine Topic: The ACP Foundation's Prescription Bottle Labeling Project is a two year project that is evaluating the evidence about how to improve prescription drug labels. Dr. Shrank and colleagues have communicated with key stakeholders to assess the problems with prescription labels and the best way to implement change.

For a complete list of speakers and topics, visit http://foundation.acponline.org/hl/hcc2006.htm.

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Contact: Steve Majewski
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215-351-2514
American College of Physicians
13-Nov-2006


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