The following guides can be used to develop effective written patient education materials:
Cick image to access the handbook in either English or French. Adapted by the JGH Patient Education Network (PEN) Working Group from the McGIll University Health Centre Standards for Developing Effective Written Patient Learning Materials 2007.
Assessing the impact of online consumer health information
“The Information Assessment Method (IAM) systematically documents reflection on health information, delivered or retrieved from electronic knowledge resources”.
Using visuals to communicate effectively
Plain language dictionaries & thesauri
Use these to find plain language words to replace jargon.
Anyone can publish anything online. Use the HonCode Criteria to evaluate the quality of consumer health information before sharing with patients.