Jessica Ridpath founded a research-centric plain language initiative called Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM) at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, WA. In this initiative, Ridpath provides plain language editing, training, and consultation for health researchers, health education writers, hospital staff, and public health employees. Her focus is often on writing clear and understandable informed consent forms for research.
In this podcast, Ridpath talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Informed consent forms for research. Why these forms can be difficult to read and ways to make them easier for the lay public to understand.
- Problematic words. Examples of words and terms that may cause confusion even though these words are short and familiar.
- Strategies and tools to improve understanding of health research concepts.
More Ways to Learn:
- Program for Readability In Science & Medicine (PRISM). Learn more at http://www.grouphealthresearch.org/capabilities/readability/readability_home.html
- PRISM Readability Toolkit. Available at http://www.tinyurl.com/prismtoolkit
- PRISM Online Training, at http://prism.grouphealthresearch.org
Maureen Johnson is Manager of Women’s Consumer Health Information at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is committed to a patient-centered approach to health literacy and believes that large hospitals and health services need high-level support and robust systems to ensure that these efforts are sustained over time.
Johnson received a Victorian Travelling Fellowship from the Victorian Quality Council. This fellowship allows emerging leaders to conduct international investigations into innovative responses to health care quality and safety. As part of this program, Johnson recently visited the USA, Canada, England, the Netherlands and Finland.
In this podcast, Maureen Johnson talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Johnson’s health literacy journey. Why she traveled, who she met, what she learned along the way.
- The value of health literacy networking. How it extends beyond hospitals and healthcare settings.
- Salutogenesis. A way of looking at individual health factors, not just causes of disease.
More Ways to Learn:
- Maureen Johnson’s blog, healthliteracyvic.blogspot.com
- Salutogenesis. Learn more at http://www.salutogenesis.fi/
- Women’s Consumer Health Information at the Royal Women’s Hospital, www.thewomens.org.au/HealthInformation
- Victorian Quality Council, http://www.health.vic.gov.au/travelfellowships/
- Hill S (ed), The Knowledgeable Patient: Communication and Participation in Health, Wiley-Blackwell. Released October 2011. Maureen Johnson co-authored one chapter.
- Osborne H (podcast). November 23, 2009. Health Literacy Out Loud #28: Applying Adult Education Principles to Medicine & Public Health. Available at http://healthliteracy.com/hlol-adult-education
- Osborne H (podcast). August 26, 2009. Health Literacy Out Loud #20: Selina Maphorogo Talks About Community Health Education in South Africa. Available at http://healthliteracy.com/hlol-health-education-south-africa