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General Information and Tools | Plain Language Glossary | Clear Communication Guide

 

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Clear Communication: A Family Planning Provider's Guide to Developing Easy-to-Read Materials

 

The RTC developed a toolkit for providers to help them assess the readability of existing client materials as well as assist them in developing high quality, low literacy client materials to meet the needs of their client population.

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The toolkit also may be downloaded in its entirety or by the following chapters:

 

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I. Introduction to Plain Language

II. Tips and Tools

Assessing Pre-Existing Materials

SMOG Readability Formula

Writing and Formatting Quick Tips

III. Pretesting Materials You Have Created

Conducting a Focus Group

A Note on Informed Consent

IV. Examples

Before & After

A Few Well-Written Plain Language Materials

V. Resources

Glossary: Commonly Used Medical Terms

Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help patients understand - A Manual for Clinicians
AMA Foundation
Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help patients understand - A Manual for Clinicians

Listing of Online Resources

The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers
Partners for Action: Making Your Healthcare Facility Literacy-Friendly

National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
The Health Literacy Environment of Hospitals and Health Centers - Partners for Action: Making Your Healthcare Facility Literacy-Friendly

Where to Buy or Find Easy-to-Read Educational Materials for Clients


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