Request for Cases and Examples of Health Literacy in Clinical Research!

The Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard is coordinating an initiative on Health Literacy in Clinical Research. Additional details follow below.

We are seeking case studies and examples that demonstrate how health literacy principles and best practices have been applied in the clinical research environment. For example, you could describe the process of creating a health literate visit schedule/calendar for your study population or how you developed a process of following-up with participants that uses health literate letters and questionnaires. We are open to any and all examples! Our plan is to showcase these on a freely available website we are developing as examples of health literacy in action.

If you have a case you would like to share, please complete this online submission form

Please feel free to contact Sylvia Baedorf Kassis with any questions or to set up a time to discuss

Project Summary

The Health Literacy in Clinical Research Project is an initiative that was launched by the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard (MRCT Center) in April of 2018 to develop resources that support understandable communication of clinical research information. The goal of our workgroup is to provide stakeholders who author clinical research documents (such as sponsors, investigators and study teams, institutional review boards, and legal/compliance personnel) with the tools and techniques they need to contribute meaningfully to the creation of health literate clinical research communications for patients, participants, and their families.

Details of the Request for Health Literacy Cases and Health Literate Research Materials In order to demonstrate the implementation of health literacy recommendations, we would like our website to include many cases and before-and-after examples that show how health literacy principles benefited a research study and/or improved a research document. Using true scenarios and actual documents from real studies (which, of course, can also be de-identified and altered appropriately to mask the study if desired) is a great way to show how health literacy can be successfully adopted within the research environment.

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