Patients, participants, and their caregivers should be provided with understandable research information. IRBs can play an important role in ensuring participant-facing documents include health literacy concepts. The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center (MRCT Center) of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard has developed several resources to raise awareness of, and build competency in, the use of health literacy best practices. In this session the speaker will provide an overview of health literacy and provide practical examples of how health literacy can be championed by IRBs.
- Introduction to health literacy concepts, and what is included under the larger umbrella of health literacy, including numeracy and design/visualization
- The relationship between clear communications and participant empowerment
- Ways in which the IRB can review materials through a health literacy lens (including the MRCT Center Health Literacy Checklist for IRBs)
- Other improvements that can be made to IRB processes(e.g. consent templates and boilerplate)
- Resources that can further clarify research (e.g. MRCT Center Clinical Research Glossary)
- Takeaways on health literacy and the IRB
- Describe different health literacy concepts and best practices
- Explain how IRBs can help to promote clear communications and research understanding
- Apply health literacy concepts to specific situations
This program is geared toward HRPP/IRB personnel and those working in research programs more broadly including HRPP/IRB directors, members, chairs; researchers and research staff; and more.
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