Handbook: How to Create Effective Written Patient Learning Materials

Handbook: How to Create Effective Written Patient Learning Materials

PEN handbook: How to Create Effective Written Patient Learning Materials
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The purpose of the handbook is to guide staff through the process of developing written patient education materials that are provided to patients by clinicians before a procedure, at discharge, when a decision needs to be made etc.

 

 

 

 

Topics in the handbook include:

Assessing the needs of the patient population

• Writing at an appropriate literacy level

• Designing the material visually to ensure that people with lower
literacy understand the message being communicated, and

• Ensuring that all materials are evidence-based etc.

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The Agence de santé et services sociaux has published an excellent document citing the above handbook, which provides guidance to health professionals on the topic of health literacy and also on creating effective patient materials for print, web, and multimedia (video, podcast etc).  Access it here. No English version is available at this time.

Updated March 11 2014

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