214245 Health literacy training for dental students

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS , Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH
Rebecca Goldberg , The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
In recent years, there has been an increased awareness of health literacy and its impact on health outcomes. Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the skills to obtain, process and understand basic health information necessary to make appropriate health decisions. Health care professionals have the opportunity to effectively communicate with patients and help those with low health literacy. To achieve this goal, health care providers require adequate training and education to develop skills necessary to identify patients with low literacy skills and develop appropriate coping solutions. Ideally, this training should be part of the educational curriculum. This presentation will discuss the finding of a survey assessing senior dental student's knowledge about health literacy and it's implication for curriculum development in dental education.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Assess dental students' knowledge of health literacy Develop strategies to incorporate health literacy training in the curriculum

Keywords: Oral Health, Health Literacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am involved in dental education.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.