The Need for Raising Health and Incontinence Literacy

Workshop 31

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Michael Rogier van Balken


Michael Rogier van Balken


Donna Zimmaro Bliss


Florine Schlatmann


Aims & Objectives

60 minutes
Health Services Delivery
health/Incontinence illiteracy Patient/caregiver information Health communication
Any healthcare professional who works with or does research with patients

About 40% of the world population has problems with access to, understanding of, and applying information about their health and health care. This is called Health illiteracy and results in high health backlogs.

In this workshop we will illuminate on the problems that patients and their caregivers experience in dealing with health illiteracy. We will discuss groups at risk, highlight low incontinence literacy and discuss patient’s interest in use of electronic applications. We will offer tools to help you better recognise such patients and give examples of adjusted patient information materials to ensure better communication and optimal information transferral. We welcome discussion of experiences of delegates internationally.