Health Literacy Review Service

This service is provided by the Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR) and the Regulatory Knowledge and Support and Ethics Resource (RKSER).


The Health Literacy Review Service provides editing assistance for research study documents—such as consent forms, recruitment materials, and data collection instruments—to conform them to health literacy tenets.

Research shows that the use of health literate research materials improves recruitment and retention, protocol adherence, and data quality. The Irving Institute's Health Literacy Review team provides support from professionals with expertise in health literacy, clinical research, and community engagement.

This service is limited to study documents written in English.

  • Service request and documents must be submitted using the Irving Institute’s online service request system.
  • Documents must be submitted in Microsoft Word or other Microsoft Office program that can be edited by staff.
  • You will receive an email confirming your service request within two business days.
  • A phone meeting with the Health Literacy Review Service team may be scheduled with you to discuss the deliverables and timeline.
  • You will typically receive your revised study documents within two weeks of submission. In periods of high demand, it may take longer.

Health-literate consent form templates for minimal-risk research are publicly available on the Columbia Research website.


The service is available to all Columbia University faculty and research scientists. It is not available to students.

When to Request This Service

Please request this service at least three weeks before you need the revised documents for your study.


There is no cost to Columbia University researchers for this service. 

Cite it, Submit it, Share it!

If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Share your research updates with us by sending an email to:


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