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Media Advisory Date: December 4, 2000
What: The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) will announce the results of a national survey of consumers on the role of quality information in health care decision making. The survey results, which also include people's opinions on medical errors and patient safety, will be announced as part of a conference on health care information that is being held on December 11-12, at the Hyatt Regency, in Bethesda, MD.
Who: Keynote Presentation:
- Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D., Vice President and Director of Public Opinion and Media Research, Kaiser Family Foundation.
- Carol Cronin, M.S.W., Consultant.
- Sam Ho, M.D., Pacificare Health Systems.
- Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society.
- Peter Lee, J.D., Pacific Business Group on Health.
When: Monday, December 11, 2000; 9:30 a.m. (Continental breakfast will be provided.)
Note: A media availability will follow the keynote presentation and panel discussion, and will include Dr. Brodie, members of the panel, and Gregg Meyer, M.D., Director of AHRQ's Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement. The availability will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m.
Where: Hyatt Regency Bethesda
One Bethesda Metro Center
7400 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Why: The purpose of this two-day conference, "Informing Consumers About Health Care Quality: New Directions for Research and Action," is to discuss the challenges and opportunities for improving the communication of health care quality information to the public. This conference is sponsored by AHRQ, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Care Financing Administration, and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. A detailed conference agenda showing the speakers and breakout sessions can be found on the Web site of the Federal Quality Interagency Coordination (QuIC) Task Force http://www.quic.gov.
In particular, the goal of the conference is to discuss and identify specific strategies for communicating with four groups of people: those employed in the public and private sectors, the elderly, people with special health care needs (chronic conditions, disabilities, etc.), and people with special communication needs related to culture and literacy. The framework for this discussion will be a Research and Action Agenda, also available on the QuIC Web site, that has been developed over the past year by an interdisciplinary Work Group on Consumer Health Information. Background papers that address issues related to the communication of quality information to these four specific groups can be found on the QuIC Web site, as well.
Editor's Note: Members of the press may attend any or all of the conference, including Dr. Brodie's presentation or just the media availability following, which is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Press can register in advance by contacting Howard Holland or Farah Englert, in AHRQ's Public Affairs Office.
For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs, (301) 427-1364, or Kaiser Family Foundation Press Contact, Jennifer Morales, (202) 347-5270.