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Free Content Evaluating Allied Health Inpatient Rehabilitation Educational Materials in Terms of Health Literacy

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The purpose of this project was to assess and adapt inpatient rehabilitation educational materials in terms of reading level. Low health literacy has been shown to negatively impact health. Little health literacy research has been focused on rehabilitation settings. Written patient education materials were collected then analyzed for reading level. Focus groups were held with allied health practitioners to develop a plan to adapt them. A final focus group of former inpatient rehabilitation users was conducted to explore the end users perceptions of the original and revised materials. 90 pieces of patient education material were assessed. The average reading level of the original materials was 16th grade. A subset of 20 documents was chosen for revision. The average reading level was lowered to 5th grade with a range from 2nd to 8th. Clear communication for patient educational materials is a crucial first step to providing the best client-centered rehabilitation care. Vocabulary words, text formatting and “need to know” versus “nice to know” information were the most common problems in the original documents.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2012

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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