Mark Hochhauser, PhD, is a psychologist and readability consultant in Golden Valley, MN. He also is a long-time health literacy champion. Among his many accomplishments, Hochhauser has researched the readability of consent forms, HIPAA notices, and patient’s bill of rights. He has given more than 100 presentations and authored over 200 articles. Hochhauser has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses on topics that include Adulthood and Aging, Human Learning and Memory, Motivation and Emotion, and Abnormal Psychology.
In this podcast, Mark Hochhauser and Helen Osborne talk about:
- Brain changes including working memory, processing speed, selective attention, and other factors that tend to decline with age.
- What listeners can do to effectively communicate with older adults.
- What patients and families can do to better understand health information.
- How technology offers hope, opportunity, and tools for health communication.
More ways to learn:
- Open Notes: Building Transparency, Trust, and Better Health Outcomes (HLOL #154). An interview with Susan Woods MD, MPH. /2016/09/01/open-notes-building-transparency-trust-and-better-health-outcomes-hlol-154/
- After Visit Summaries (HLOL #152). An interview with Alex Federman MD, MPH. /2016/07/01/after-visit-summaries-hlol-152/
- Chesser AK, Woods NK, Smothers K, Rogers N, “Health Literacy and Older Adults: A Systematic Review.” Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, published online March 15, 2016. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5119904/
- “Health Information Technology: HHS Should Assess the Effectiveness of Its Efforts to Enhance Patient Access to and Use of Electronic Health Information.” Report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-305
Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message, Second Edition (Updated 2018), by Helen Osborne. Relevant chapters include: 3, 19, 22, 32