Tips from BESD: Patient education: Preparing written materials at the appropriate reading level

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, May 7, 2010

Patient education remains a problematic standard. Many, if not all, healthcare organizations rely on printed materials to supplement patient education services. Because of the complexity of information related to healthcare diagnoses, treatment, and evaluation, verbal instructions are not sufficient. There are usually limited time and resources available to devote to patient education, but such education is necessary to the patient's state of health and wellness.

Patient education materials are generally available in several languages representative of the healthcare organization's various populations. But it is often a struggle to write these materials at a reading level appropriate for most adults in this country.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the May 2010  issue of Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development. Discover all the benefits of subscribing to Briefings on Evidence-Based Staff Development.

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