Research Team

Renata W. Yen, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Patient-Clinician Communication; Health Literacy; Plain Language


Renata W. Yen, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist, Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

46 Centerra Parkway, Suite 300-301
, Lebanon, NH 03766

Selected Publications
  • Yen RW, Hagedorn R, Durand MA, Leyenaar JK, O'Malley AJ, Saunders CH, Isaacs T, Elwyn G. Clinician-spoken plain language in health care encounters: A qualitative analysis to assess measurable elements. Acad Med. 2024 Feb 27. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000005666. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38412476.
  • Coyle AC, Yen RW, Elwyn G. Interrupted opening statements in clinical encounters: A scoping review. Patient Educ Couns. 2022 Aug;105(8):2653-2663. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2022.03.026. PMID: 35393229.
  • Yen RW, Smith J, Engel J, Muscat DM, Smith SK, Mancini J, Perestelo-Pérez L, Elwyn G, O'Malley AJ, Leyenaar JK, Mac O, Cadet T, Giguere A, Housten AJ, Langford A, McCaffery K, Durand MA. A systematic review and meta-analysis of patient decision aids for socially disadvantaged populations: Update from the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IDPAS). Med Decis Making. 2021 Oct;41(7):870-896. doi: 10.1177/0272989X211020317. PMID: 34151614.
  • Yen RW, Durand MA, Harris C, Cohen S, Ward A, O'Malley AJ, Schubbe D, Saunders CH, Elwyn G. Text-only and picture conversation aids both supported shared decision making for breast cancer surgery: Analysis from a cluster randomized trial. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 Nov;103(11):2235-2243. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.07.015. PMID: 32782181.
  • Schubbe D, Scalia P, Yen RW, Saunders CH, Cohen S, Elwyn G, van den Muijsenbergh M, Durand MA. Using pictures to convey health information: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effects on patient and consumer health behaviors and outcomes. Patient Educ Couns. 2020 Oct;103(10):1935-1960. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2020.04.010. PMID: 32466864.
  • Durand MA, Yen RW, O'Malley AJ, Schubbe D, Politi MC, Saunders CH, Dhage S, Rosenkranz K, Margenthaler J, Tosteson ANA, Crayton E, Jackson S, Bradley A, Walling L, Marx CM, Volk RJ, Sepucha K, Ozanne E, Percac-Lima S, Bergin E, Goodwin C, Miller C, Harris C, Barth RJ Jr, Aft R, Feldman S, Cyr AE, Angeles CV, Jiang S, Elwyn G. What matters most: Randomized controlled trial of breast cancer surgery conversation aids across socioeconomic strata. Cancer. 2021 Feb 1;127(3):422-436. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33248. PMID: 33170506; PMCID: PMC7983934.