EFIC PLAIN TALKING

HEALTH LITERACY: CLEAR COMMUNICATION IS KEY

Health literacy is a person’s ability to access, understand and use information in ways which promote and maintain good health and is considered a global health issue by the World Health Organisation. It is a key asset for all of us when it comes to making decisions about our health and for improving health outcomes. It is particularly important for people living with pain to help them understand and actively manage their health. This is why health literacy is the theme chosen by the new President of the European Pain Federation, Brona Fullen, for the President’s Campaign.

The ‘Plain Talking’ health literacy campaign is targeted at both clinicians and people living with pain. Over the next three years, the Health Literacy Working Group will increase awareness about the concept and impact of health literacy. It will also focus on improving communication between people living with pain and clinicians by developing a series of materials and useful resources for all.

OUR CALL TO ACTION

People living with pain have a right to understand their condition and clinicians should communicate this in a clear and comprehensible way by adjusting their language to meet the person’s needs. The outcome of this is improved knowledge and empowerment for the person living with pain and the capacity to engage in a meaningful way with their clinician.

 

GET INVOLVED

Please contact angela.palomares@efic.org if you wish to get involved in the campaign or if you want to know more about it.

 

HEALTH LITERACY WORKING GROUP

Prof. Brona Fullen

Dr. Laura Mackey

Prof. Nadja Nestler

Prof. Harriet Wittink

Prof. Petra Mandysova

Dr. Magdalena Kocot-Kępska

SURVEY

The Health Literacy Working Group has developed a survey in order to better understand the needs and challenges of the people living with chronic pain. This survey will serve as the basis of the campaign and will help the Working Group develop the right materials over the next three years. If you are living with chronic pain and would like to take part in this campaign, don’t hesitate to take the survey. It will only take you a few minutes. The survey has been translated into several languages, please find below the language that suits you best.

OVERVIEW OF THE CAMPAIGN

Find out more about the campaign in this video with Dr. Laura Mackey, Chair of the Health Literacy Working Group.