A Novel Simulation Program for Interprofessional Health Literacy Training

Melanie Stone, Oralia Bazaldua, Bridgett Piernik-Yoder, Rebekah Sculley, Kristy Kosub

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Effective communication with patients and between members of the health care team are important strategies to enhance health care outcomes. Despite the prevalence of low health literacy and associated risks in the population, health professionals are often not trained adequately in health literacy communication practices. The purpose of this pilot program is to determine if offering learners an opportunity to practice health literacy communication techniques in a simulated patient care team can increase skills, attitudes, and confidence in this important area of patient care. We implemented a novel, team-based interprofessional Objective Structured Clinical Examination (iOSCE) focused on health literacy. Evaluation took place on three levels: student self-assessment of health literacy communication skills and beliefs about interprofessional teamwork, standardized patient assessment of skills during the clinical encounter, and observer assessment of interprofessional teamwork. Statistically significant gains were seen in students' health literacy communication confidence, as well as beliefs, attitudes and understanding of interprofessional teamwork. The aim of this article is to describe our pilot health literacy iOSCE findings. This pilot shows that an OSCE is an effective assessment tool for a mix of health professional learners at different levels to demonstrate health literacy practices in an interprofessional teamwork environment. [HLRP: Health Literacy Research and Practice. 2023;7(3):e139-e143.].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e139-e143
JournalHealth literacy research and practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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