The use of standardized patients to teach low-literacy communication skills

Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31 Suppl 1:S105-10. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S105.


Objective: To describe methods for incorporating standardized patients into health literacy training programs.

Methods: We discuss aspects of program development that are relatively unique to this educational context.

Results: Individuals were recruited to play the role of an average adult with limited health literacy. Methods of recruitment, training, and scenario development are discussed in detail.

Conclusions: Standardized patients can be valuable partners for teaching about low-literacy communication skills. Because of shared experiences, both actors and nonactors can effectively play a character with low health literacy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication*
  • Educational Status*
  • Health Education*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Teaching / methods*