Interested to learn more about health literacy? Check out this Continuing Education Class at the NAHSL Annual Conference in beautiful Rockport, Maine.
Health Literacy in Practice: Writing and Instructing in Plain Language
This course first covers the basics of health literacy and writing in plain language (level: beginning). Following the basics, the course delves deeper into health literacy techniques and applications with a concentration on plain language in informed consent (level: intermediate). The workshop begins with a PowerPoint lecture on basic concepts of health literacy. A lecture with a handout for participants to follow on creating patient handouts is next. Using sample handouts the participants will do several hands-on activities to practice their new skills. The second half will cover numeracy and Teach-back technique, followed by the of health literacy in the informed consent process. It will be a “train the trainer” session in which participants will learn how to instruct clinicians and researchers in the use of plain language in informed consent, both verbal and written. A PowerPoint lecture with sample informed consent language will be presented and examined. Small groups will be formed to reformulate “legalese” and “medspeak” into patient-readable language for the informed consent process. The workshop will conclude with participants sharing their experience with health literacy and listing at least four ways that librarians can use this expertise in their health care institutions. Workshop will use slides, lecture, discussion, hand-on exercises, sharing and videos.
Nancy Goodwin is the director of the Library & Knowledge Services Department at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, CT. She has chaired the Patient Family Education Committee since 2009, working to make the principles of health literacy a part of every patient interaction.
Margo Coletti is the director of Knowledge Services, a division of Information Systems at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where she has worked since 1981. Margo teaches clinicians and researchers at BIDMC how to integrate Plain Language principles and practices into the Informed Consent process.
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