On Friday 20 2014 June the third annual Health Literacy Conference took place at Keele University
PiF Operations Director, Sarah Smith, presented the findings from the PiF health literacy and information producers survey, carried out last year.
There were plenary sessions from national and international health literacy experts, including Dr Michael Wolf (Northwestern University, Chicago) Dr Kristine Sorensen (Maastricht University) and Prof Gill Rowlands (Kings College, London). They presented their view on the current evidence, impact and future implications of Health Literacy Research, from their respective international perspective of the US, Europe and the UK.
Other speakers gave health literacy perspectives from UK organisations and researchers, exploring such diverse topics as mental health literacy, GPs and medical education, information for when Easy Read is hard and health literacy for people with English as a second language.
The following interesting projects were highlighted:
- The European Health Literacy survey results https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzMA9TlPJUk
- The Diabetes Literacy project, aims to provide evidence to increase the effectiveness of diabetes self-management education in the EU http://www.diabetesliteracy.eu/
- Irohla “Intervention Research On Health Literacy among Ageing population”, focusses on improving health literacy for the older people in Europe http://www.irohla.eu/home/
- World Health Organisation – Health Literacy; the solid facts, makes the case for policy action to strengthen health literacy http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/190655/e96854.pdf
- Marcus, E. N. (2006). The silent epidemic—The health effects of illiteracy. New England Journal of Medicine, 355, 339-341.http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp058328