The main objective of IMPACCT (IMproving PAtient-centered Communication Competences) is “to improve the relevance and quality of education of medical and nursing students in Europe through the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of an evidence-based Health Literacy Education Programme.
This project objective means that the educational materials and resources will be developed with health professional educators and designed for health professional educators to facilitate inclusion of health literacy for patient centred care and treatment in undergraduate medical and nursing curricula. If you contribute teaching to medical or nursing undergraduate programmes in Europe then IMPACCT is for you. .
The primary focus of IMPACCT is on improving the skills and competencies of undergraduate medical and nursing students, but it also includes students of other health professions, for example, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. As with educators, students will be actively involved in the development of the programme, so if you are an undergraduate student on a health professional course in Europe then IMPACCT is for you.
For Qualified Health Professionals
Health Literacy has been described as an evolving concept and while there are increasing research publications in the area it is still relatively new. This means that many qualified health professionals are unfamiliar with health literacy. The IMPACCT project includes the development of a massive online open course (MOOC) which will be freely accessible and can be incorporated into continuing professional development initiatives for qualified health professionals.