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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31 Suppl 1:S69-78.

Facilitating behavior change with low-literacy patient education materials.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA. hseligman@medsfgh.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe a process for developing low-literacy health education materials that increase knowledge and activate patients toward healthier behaviors.

METHODS:

We developed a theoretically informed process for developing educational materials. This process included convening a multidisciplinary creative team, soliciting stakeholder input, identifying key concepts to be communicated, mapping concepts to a behavioral theory, creating a supporting behavioral intervention, designing and refining materials, and assessing efficacy.

RESULTS:

We describe the use of this process to develop a diabetes self-management guide.

CONCLUSIONS:

Developing low-literacy health education materials that will activate patients toward healthier behaviors requires attention to factors beyond reading level.

PMID:
17931139
PMCID:
PMC4286315
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S69
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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