IMPACCT (IMproving PAtient-centered Communication Competences: To build professional capacity concerning health literacy in medical and nursing education) – Project


This is an international consortium including Jacobs University Bremen, which aims at developing an educational program to improve the communication competences of medical students and nursing students, particularly regarding older patients with low health literacy. The grant is part of the EU Erasmus+ program.

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Older people with low health literacy often find it difficult to cope with illness and the associated treatment. They have difficulties comprehending medical information, and consequently adhering to medical advice and taking their medication properly is often problematic. In general, these older adults have limited knowledge about illness and health, and their healthcare providers often have insufficient knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with them. Strengthening such communication skills of future healthcare providers can help improve care for these older people.


The so-called IMPACCT project is coordinated by the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands. Sonia Lippke, Professor of Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, and her team at Jacobs University (see info below), carry out key work within IMPACCT.
Interested persons from the health sector (e.g., trainers and trainees, specialists, representatives of counseling centers for older people, relevant decision-makers, and patient representatives) who would like to contribute their experience can contact Sonia Lippke via e-mail ( or via phone (0421 200- 4730), or any of the following team members:

Amanda Whittal:

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last update: 2019-02-01