Making Health Literacy Real: Adult Literacy and Medical Students Teach Each Other (Brief Communications) (Report)
INTRODUCTION This paper reports a pilot project at Harvard Medical School (HMS) that taught medical students the importance of plain language communication by collaborating with adult literacy students. Classes provided students with patient-doctor communication experience and health information. After a lecture on health literacy and cross-cultural care, a librarian taught students where to find high-quality, easy-to read, and non-English health information. Adult learners identified health topics of interest. Medical students then created presentations on these topics and received critical feedback from the adult students.