NIDCD Hosts First Health Literacy Lecture:
Babel Babble: What is the Doctor Saying? What is the Patient Understanding?
Dean Schillinger, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of General Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco General Hospital
October 21, 2002
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10
Health literacy is a specific area of health communication that focuses upon the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Individuals who have challenges of literacy, language or access to health information are at greater risk for disease and have increased likelihood of misusing medication. Health literacy is a major public health need.
Directions and Maps:
Due to security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NIH Visitors and Security Web site.
For more information, contact:
Marin P. Allen, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Health Communication
and Public Liaison
Bethesda, MD 20892