ERIC Number: EJ786463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Facilitating Behavior Change with Low-Literacy Patient Education Materials
Seligman, Hilary K.; Wallace, Andrea S.; DeWalt, Darren A.; Schillinger, Dean; Arnold, Connie L.; Shilliday, Betsy Bryant; Delgadillo, Adriana; Bengal, Nikki; Davis, Terry C.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v31 suppl 1 pS69-S78 Sep-Oct 2007
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.
Descriptors: Patient Education, Health Education, Reading Skills, Literacy, Planning, Intervention, Diabetes, Self Management, Behavior Modification, Patients, Behavior Change, Readability
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