Health Literacy and Palliative Care: Workshop Summary


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To explore the relationship between palliative care and health literacy, and the importance of health literate communication in providing high-quality delivery of palliative care, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Health Literacy convened this 1-day public workshop featuring presentations and discussions that exam­ined the effect of low health literacy on all aspects of palliative care. The workshop was designed to include the interaction between patients, their families, and providers, as well as the knowledge of palliative care and its principles among providers. The workshop fea­tured invited presentations and discussions on topics that included the role of interpersonal communication between health care team members and patients and their families, the need to train health care team members on appropriate communication skills, and the role of integrated care teams in providing palliative care. This summary describes what was discussed at the workshop.