McLean, VA —June 16 , 2007 — Dr. Dorothy L. Smith, President and CEO of Washington, DC-based Consumer Health Information Corporation, has been elected to the National Academies of Practice as a distinguished practitioner-member.
The National Academies of Practice is a nonprofit professional organization composed of elected, distinguished representatives from ten different health professions. Founded in 1981, the central purpose of NAP is to advise public policy makers on health care issues using NAP’s unique perspective — that of expert practitioners and scholars joined in interdisciplinary dialogue. It is the only interdisciplinary group of health care practitioners dedicated to these issues. Elected members are practitioners and scholars who have achieved distinction while spending a significant portion or all of their careers in direct patient care in these ten disciplines: pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, medicine, psychology, podiatric medicine, social work, and veterinary medicine. Membership in each discipline is limited to 150 distinguished practitioners.
“I am greatly honored to be elected to the National Academies of Practice, and to be able to collaborate with respected colleagues from diverse disciplines to advance patient-centric health care”, said Dr. Smith. "The reason I formed Consumer Health Information Corporation is because both patients and health professionals desperately need health and medication information that is clinically accurate and translated into language people can understand," she said.
Dr. Smith developed one of the first ambulatory patient counseling programs in which patients received private counseling from a pharmacist every time they received a prescription. She developed Medication Guide for Patient Counseling, one of the first publications designed to make it easier for health professionals to counsel patients, which became a required textbook in many schools of pharmacy and medicine in the U.S. and Canada.
She is a recognized authority on the use of prescription and nonprescription medications and the author of 23 books that provide consumers with clinically accurate, easy-to-understand advice on how to use their medications effectively. These books include the best-selling Understanding Prescription Drugs (Simon & Schuster) and Understanding Canadian Prescription Drugs (Key Porter Books).
Consumer Health Information Corporation
Consumer Health Information Corporation (www.consumer-health.com) is internationally recognized for its innovative patient information programs. The company develops patient education and consumer awareness programs on medication use and disease management. They have produced a broad range of award-winning print and audiovisual programs that have helped millions of people learn to make wise decisions about their health and medications. Clients include pharmaceutical companies, consumer organizations and Fortune 500 companies, national health care and professional associations, managed care organizations, insurance companies, and pharmacies. The company is a teaching site for several schools of pharmacy across the United States and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Patient Information and Education.
About Consumer Health Information Corporation
Consumer Health Information Corporation was founded by Dorothy L. Smith, Pharm.D, an internationally recognized clinical pharmacist with expertise in patient adherence and patient education. The mission of Consumer Health Information Corporation is to help patients learn how to manage their diseases and prescribed treatments safely and wisely. The company has developed more than 4000 evidence-based patient education programs for medications, medical devices, disease management and Phase III clinical trials worldwide. A respected clinical and educational source, Consumer Health Information Corporation has won major national and international awards for excellence in patient and consumer education programs that have significantly increased patient adherence. Dr. Smith is the author of more than 130 professional articles, 23 books and has delivered more than 150 professional and scholarly addresses.
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