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Health Care Design Conference - 2013 Boston

California HealthCare Foundation Design Challenge

About Me

Dr. Rebecca Sudore is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, a Staff Physician at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, and a geriatrician and a palliative care physician. Dr. Sudore’s research focuses on the intersection of limited health literacy, geriatrics, end-of-life care, and medical decision making. She published one of the first prospective studies demonstrating the effect of limited literacy on mortality in the elderly, and has shown that elders with limited literacy have greater difficulty making medical decisions for informed consent and advance care planning. She has designed and tested interventions to improve patient decision making by creating an informed consent process for patients with limited literacy and an advance directive that is both literacy and culturally appropriate ( Both interventions have been shown to benefit patients – particularly those with literacy and/or language barriers. Her current research program is focused on creating and testing culturally- and literacy-appropriate tools to help patients engage in advance care planning. She developed a new paradigm of ACP that focuses on preparing diverse, older adults to identify and communicate their evolving wishes over time and to make complex medical decisions over the course of illness. To this end, she created the PREPARE website that walks patients and their families through an easy, step-by step process to prepare for medical decision making ( The goal of this work is to better enable patients to engage in advance care planning, to identify what is important to them, and to communicate their wishes effectively with their clinicians and loved ones.

"Last year's HxD conference was so amazingly inspiring, and has definitely caused me to strive harder and become more passionate about improving our healthcare system." - 2012 HxD Attendee

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