Christopher Trudeau is a Professor at Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is one of the leading advocates on health literacy and the law and widely recognized as an expert on informed consent. Trudeau often speaks to audiences of health professionals, or lawyers, or both about creating processes to not only engage patients but also protect healthcare organizations.
In this podcast, Christopher Trudeau talks with Helen Osborne about:
- Why lawyers are starting to be more aware of, and engaged with, health literacy
- How lawyers can use plain language to protect their clients while also helping patients understand medical-legal information
- Ways that public health professionals, clinicians, and others can start working with lawyers to make health messages clear
More ways to learn:
- Plain Language InterNational (PLAIN), http://plainlanguagenetwork.org
- Clarity, an international association promoting plain legal language, http://www.clarity-international.net
- Institute of Medicine’s Health Literacy Roundtable, “Informed Consent and Health Literacy: A Workshop,” July 28, 2014. Christopher Trudeau presented on “Establishing harmony between the rules and health literacy.” Learn more at http://iom.nationalacademies.org/Activities/PublicHealth/HealthLiteracy/2014-JUL-28.aspx
- “Making a Business case for Plain Language (HLOL #84).” A podcast interview with attorney Joseph Kimble. At /2012/09/18/health-literacy-out-loud-84-making-a-business-case-for-plain-language/
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters: 1, 4, 12, 27, 28, 30.