233926 Ongoing Activity in Health Literacy at the University of California at Berkeley

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 5:30 PM - 5:50 PM

Linda Neuhauser, DrPH , Health Research for Action, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
This research is designed to examine the influence on a patient's health literacy of culture and education or knowledge within the framework of a complex health care system. Health literacy is one of four information domains in a social review that health care providers should conduct in their general assessment of a patient. Low literacy is associated with poorer health status, low rates of compliance with complicated medication regimens, high hospitalization rates, overuse of emergency services, and under-use of preventive health services. Culture is linked to health literacy by the values and language barriers that shape the perception and processing of health information. A broad conceptualization of the education system at the University of California at Berkeley includes ongoing adult education and experiences.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1) Determine the effect of health literacy on access to health services. 2) Describe the influence of culture and knowledge on a patient's health literacy within the framework of a complex health care system.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have both education (DrPH) and professional expertise through research in the area of health literacy.
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.