Facilitating behavior change with low-literacy patient education materials

Am J Health Behav. Sep-Oct 2007;31 Suppl 1(0 1):S69-78. doi: 10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S69.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Educational Status*
  • Health Behavior*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Patient Education as Topic*
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Self Care
  • Social Facilitation*