IRB Training – Facilitator

Thank you for facilitating a health literacy training!

Below are the materials to facilitate this training. Please review the Training Facilitator’s Guide for suggestions on how to use the materials in this training.

The materials can be downloaded and sent to trainees directly, or, they can access them at the link here.

Health Literacy Training Resources for HRPP and IRB Members and Staff

These materials are designed for a facilitator to guide their IRB through the training.

The facilitator should be an individual in a leadership at your organization (e.g., the HRPP Director, IRB Chair, or senior staff person with facilitation experience)

We encourage the adaptation of this training to include interactive discussion and review of study materials specific to an IRB’s institution.

All of the questions and details on this page are included in the facilitator’s guide.

The recommended process is for team members to review the health literacy video, then complete the Teach Back Questions.

The video can be viewed below or at this link.

After watching the introductory Health Literacy in Clinical Research video, the following Teach Back Questions can re-enforce key takeaways. These are included in the Facilitator’s Guide with more detail and possible responses.

  1. What are 3 concepts that are included under the umbrella of health literacy?
  2. What are at 2 factors that can lower a person’s health literacy level?
  3. What are 5 reasons why health literacy is important in the context of clinical research?
  4. What are 4 ways health literacy can be applied throughout the clinical research life cycle?

The facilitator, having also completed reviewed the health literacy video and completed the reflection questions, should lead a group discussion with the questions provided. These questions are included in the Facilitator’s Guide along with possible responses and reflections to support the group discussion.

  1. What are some ways that IRBs can help promote health literacy in clinical research more generally?
  2. What does your IRB already do to help make participant facing materials clear and understandable?*
    * Note: If you don’t do anything yet, that’s ok!
    – Are there ways you could start?
    – How?
  3. If you already integrate health literacy best practices, what more could you do to include it in your work and reviews? What would that look like in practice?

Finally, we have created the Before and After Example Exercise to show you how health literacy can be integrated into participant-facing research materials. This will also give you a chance to practice what you’ve learned.

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