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2010-05-10 09:12:00

Format, Appearance, Content and Language Covered in Recommendations to Help Address Problem of Poor Health Literacy ROCKVILLE, Md., May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To promote the establishment of universal standards for prescription medication labels -- and to address the widespread problem of patient misinterpretation of medication instructions -- an advisory panel formed by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently issued a set of recommendations to bring consistency to...

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2010-05-10 11:28:43

Format, appearance, content and language covered in recommendations to help address problem of poor health literacy To promote the establishment of universal standards for prescription medication labels"”and to address the widespread problem of patient misinterpretation of medication instructions"”an advisory panel formed by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently issued a set of recommendations to bring consistency to labeling on dispensed prescription packaging. The...

2010-05-03 07:42:55

Nearly 85 percent of adolescents at risk of overdosing on acetaminophen The majority of teens say they have never heard of acetaminophen "“ or what the appropriate dosing of it is even with access to the label instructions "“ despite having taken the medication recently, according to a new University of Rochester Medical Center Study assessing teens' health literacy. More than 60 percent of the teens in the study had never before heard of acetaminophen despite 21 percent of them...

2010-02-17 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning actress and heart health advocate, Andie MacDowell, and Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), have partnered to highlight the importance of effective communication between patients and health care professionals (HCPs) by introducing an innovative program: Time to Talk CARDIO - Creating A Real Dialogue In the Office. Time to Talk CARDIO is designed to help patients and health care...

2009-12-08 12:14:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente together with the National Patient Safety Foundation and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems today announced the "Patient Safety Initiative at America's Public Hospitals." This two-year program is designed to enhance patient safety programs at public hospitals to ensure safe, high-quality care for vulnerable and low-income populations that depend on publicly supported health care institutions for medical...

2009-10-31 13:30:13

Health literacy rates are lower for the disabled and those with lower English proficiency According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 90 million Americans suffer from low health literacyÂ, a mismatch between patients' abilities to understand healthcare information and providers' abilities to communicate complex medical information in an understandable manner. In two recent studies, researchers at the University of Missouri found that two groups "” those with limited...

2009-08-26 17:55:00

Literacy organization multiplies its impact by leveraging technology and social networks LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Centro Latino for Literacy kicks off its ambitious 10x10 campaign to enroll 10,000 Latino adults in its web-based literacy program Leamos by the end of 2010. As part of this campaign, Centro Latino also aims to sign up 100 new partner sites throughout Los Angeles County to provide access to the Internet and a helping hand to new students. The U.S....

2009-07-28 11:03:19

Health care experts at the University of California, San Francisco highlight in a new report the hidden risks and complexities that compromise patient safety for ambulatory patients with chronic disease.While most prior research in patient safety has focused on preventing medical errors during hospital stays, the UCSF team emphasizes that more attention should be paid to chronic disease patients who receive care on an outpatient basis.The team's analysis appears in the July 2009 edition of...

2009-05-22 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation today announced the recipients of the prestigious Pfizer Health Literacy in Advancing Patient Safety Award. Honored for their innovative and influential efforts in the Health Literacy field were Dr. Michael Wolf, Director of the Center for Communication in Healthcare at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and Dr. Rima Rudd, Senior Lecturer on Society,...

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2009-03-10 06:25:00

When patients choose to leave the hospital before the treating physician recommends discharge, the consequences may involve risk of inadequately treated medical conditions and the need for readmission, according to a review in the March 2009 issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Additionally, the article examines the effect of costs as well as predictors and potential interventions to help manage and improve this important issue. Although studies to date are limited, research shows that against...