How to Choose and Develop Written Educational Materials

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  • Linda L. Pierce PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA

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      pierce@utoledo.edu.
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    • Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, is a professor at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH.


pierce@utoledo.edu.

Abstract

Education is a key component of comprehensive rehabilitation care because it helps promote clients' healthy behaviors and recovery from diseases and injuries or adaptation to chronic conditions. Choosing to use written, organization-based, commercially generated, and Internet-based educational materials is dependent on credibility, readability, and availability. If these materials are unsuitable or no appropriate information on a topic is available, the decision to adapt existing material or design new materials must be made. Recommendations for developing readable materials center on having a clear purpose for writing about a topic; listening to patients; presenting accurate information that reflects accepted, common practice; and using a clear writing style. The strategies presented in this article are intended to help nurses and other healthcare professionals choose or develop educational materials for patients and their family members.

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