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Facilitating Behavior Change With Low-literacy Patient Education Materials

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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.

Keywords: educational status; health promotion; patient education; self care

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2007

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

    The Journal aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact of personal attributes, personality characteristics, behavior patterns, social structure, and processes on health maintenance, health restoration, and health improvement; to disseminate knowledge of holistic, multidisciplinary approaches to designing and implementing effective health programs; and to showcase health behavior analysis skills that have been proven to affect health improvement and recovery.
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