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Evaluation of Patient Forms |

Evaluation of Patient Forms

| March 28, 2016

Health information literacy has become an important aspect of quality care that is also critical for patient safety and culturally competent care. In this Assignment, you are asked to evaluate a document in your agency to determine the appropriateness of the images and level of language used. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s publication in this week’s Resources will guide you through the review and proposed revision of the document.

For this Assignment:
•Review the Resources for this week.
•Locate a patient-related document that is given to patients in your practice area or an area with which you are familiar. This document could be admission paperwork, health education materials, or other materials that are provided to a patient to inform them about health care decisions.
•Save this original document either as a file or in a portable document format (PDF) file to be submitted with this Assignment.
•Assess the selected document using the “Checklist for Easy-to-Understand Print Materials” in this week’s Resources.

Write a 1-page, 3-paragraph, double-spaced evaluation of your selected document as follows:
•Introductory paragraph: This includes a brief description of the selected patient materials and why they have been selected. Address the following issues: Toward whom is this document directed? What is the age of the reader of this information? If the reader has disabilities, are they addressed to assist the reader? What ethnic/cultural groups do you interact with in your practice?
•2nd paragraph: Using the “Checklist for Easy-to-Understand Print Materials,” assess whether the document is easy to understand. Evaluate the document in each of the six areas: message content, text appearance, visuals, layout and design, translation, and understandability. For each area, provide a summary of your assessment according to the criteria given. Please note that you do not need to address whether the document has been pre- or posttested.
•3rd and final paragraph: Suggest revisions to improve health literacy. Suggest one revision for each of the six areas.

Draft a revision of the patient document that you believe will enhance the health literacy level. Explain how your revisions are important for nursing practice. Your revision can be a new handout, flyer, or any written documentation that you would provide to the patient.

Ask a colleague or supervisor to review your draft. Incorporate their suggestions into your revision as appropriate.

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