Facilitating Behavior change with low-literacy patient education materials
NLM Title Abbreviation
Am J Health Behav
American Journal of Health Behavior
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.
Published Article/Book Citation
The definitive version was published in American Journal of Health Behavior, 31: (2007) pp.S69-S78.
American Journal of Health Behavior, 31 (2007) pp.S69-S78.
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