The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies of Science has commissioned the University of Maryland’s Horowitz Center for Health Literacy to write a paper on informed-consent regulations and health-literate communications. Dr. Linda Aldoory, director of the Center and associate professor of behavioral and community health at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and Ms. Katherine Barrett Ryan, the center’s coordinator, were granted the competitive award of $8,000, and will present the paper at a workshop on July 28.
The IOM Health Literacy Roundtable commissions papers that bring attention to particular topics in health literacy. Dr. Aldoory and Ms. Barrett Ryan’s work will include a thorough literature review on informed-consent regulations, interviews with 10 experts in the area, and a collection of Maryland best practices in alternative, health-literate forms of informed consent.
The Horowitz Center for Health literacy was established in 2007 to address the major public health problem of poor health literacy and its effect on health outcomes. Dr. Aldoory’s research focuses on health communication campaigns and media for diverse audiences, particularly women and adolescents.