For over three decades  Livingstone Medical  have been studying the impact of low health literacy on patient compliance

and consumer behaviour on the effectiveness of health communication and information design.

This work was carried out originally in association with  Medical  Science Research  here in the UK - then  later with

the  Department of Family Practice at  Case Western University Teaching Hospital  in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

It  led  to the creation of Diseases Explained,  an evidence based health information series written specifically for

patients and consumers.  A family reference book based on this series ' A Patient's Guide to Diseases and Disorders'

was first published in 2003  (Lexi-Comp, Ohio).

This research also formed the basis for the UK Health Design & Technology Institute's  (HDTI)

inaugural  degree  at Coventry University - the  MA in Health Communication Design

We have also provided  consultancy and and  training  services to the NHS,  Public Health Agencies,

Pharmaceutical Companies, Clinical Laboratories,  Patient Support Organisations,

Health Communication Agencies  and  Medical Publishers.

Our work has been approved in the US  by the  American Academy of Family Physician's Foundation (AAFPF),

certified in the UK by the  Royal Society for Public Health  ( for the  Department of Health's

NHS Information Standard ) and endorsed by the   Family Doctor Association

In 2022, Livingstone Medical became a division of Diseases Explained Limited.