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1. Useful Content
 
The primary mission of a patient education handout should be to impart useful, "actionable" information.
 
For a handout explaining a procedure:
 
The patient probably wants to know, most of all, will it hurt, and will he get better?
 
You want to be sure the patient knows to arrive with an empty stomach, on time, etc.
 
For a handout explaining a condition:
 
Make sure your treatment is not buried in a selection of treatments
 
Look for specific self-care guidelines.
 
2. Readability
 
Look for:
 
An appropriate reading level for your patient base.
 
An attractive look to the piece
 
A selection of illustrations that support the text, and keep the reader engaged
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Break your text into columns to make it more readable...
 
example of colums
 
and use illustrationsto make your text less intimidating.
 
example of breaking up text with illustrations
 
 
 
 
 
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