Thursday, November 04, 2010

How to write patient educational materials - a free toolkit

The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective is a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As shown below, this 11-part Toolkit provides a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.

  • Toolkit Part 1: About this Toolkit and how it can help you
  • Toolkit Part 2: Using a reader-centered approach to develop and test written material
  • Toolkit Part 3: Summary List of the "Toolkit Guidelines for Writing and Design"
  • Toolkit Part 4: Understanding and using the "Toolkit Guidelines for Writing"
  • Toolkit Part 5: Understanding and using the "Toolkit Guidelines for Graphic Design"
  • Toolkit Part 6: How to collect and use feedback from readers
  • Toolkit Part 7: Using readability formulas: A cautionary note
  • Toolkit Part 8: Will your written material be on a website?
  • Toolkit Part 9: Things to know if your written material is for older adults
  • Toolkit Part 10: "Before and after" example: Using this Toolkit's guidelines to revise a brochure
  • Toolkit Part 11: Understanding and using the "Toolkit Guidelines for Culturally Appropriate Translation"

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