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Developing a tool for health professionals involved in producing and evaluating nutrition education leaflets

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Abstract:

Introduction

Nutrition education leaflets are widely used by dietitians and many dietitians are also involved in their production. However, there does not appear to be a suitable tool to assist health professionals to produce or evaluate nutrition education leaflets. There are Guidelines available that are either specifically concerned with nutrition but for all educational materials or specifically for use with leaflets, but not necessarily to do with nutrition. The aim of this study was to develop a tool suitable to assist health professionals when producing and evaluating nutrition education leaflets. Methods

Patients and dietitians were surveyed by self-completion questionnaire to determine their opinions of the importance of various criteria which might be applied to nutrition education leaflets were. Results

The research revealed significant differences in the opinions of dietitians and patients for seven of 11 criteria. Conclusion

The evaluation tool developed was based on the patients’ ranking of all the criteria. Its reliability was assessed amongst a group of dietitians in Dorset but its wider use and acceptability should be looked at. The tool is likely to be appropriate as a checklist for health professionals producing new nutrition education leaflets or as a framework for evaluating existing nutrition education leaflets.

Keywords: evaluation tool; health professionals; nutrition education leaflet

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-277x.2000.00214.x

Affiliations: Primary Care Dietitian, Dorset HealthCare NHS Trust, Shelley Rd, Bournemouth, Dorset BH1 4JQ, UK

Publication date: February 1, 2000

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