Low health literacy impact on surgical outcomes on ACS press conference agenda

Surgeons from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine will remotely present new research findings on the impact of low health literacy on surgical patients’ outcomes. Their presentation to the media will come shortly after the conclusion of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) 2020 Quality and Safety Conference VIRTUAL. The presenters are:

  • Daniel Chu, MD, FACS

    A colorectal surgeon at UAB Medicine and the study’s senior investigator

  • Lauren Theiss, MD

    A third-year surgical resident at UAB School of Medicine and the study’s lead investigator


A 30-minute online press conference that will feature the investigators’ research summaries and key findings followed by a Q&A session with reporters. The discussion will focus on a single-institution study in which ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) data helped researchers identify an association between risk of infection in colorectal surgical patients with limited understanding of health information.


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