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Strategies for selecting effective patient nutrition education materials.

Authors
  • Clayton, Laura H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2010
Volume
25
Issue
5
Pages
436–442
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0884533610379605
PMID: 20962303
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Nutrition and diet therapy are at the center of health promotion activities and self-management of chronic diseases. To assist an individual in making informed decisions regarding his or her diet and increase adherence to dietary recommendations or treatments, healthcare professionals must select health information that is appropriate to the client's level of understanding. A systematic approach in the evaluation of patient education material, whether in print or on the World Wide Web, must focus on the information's content, literacy level, graphical displays, layout and typography, motivating principles, cultural relevance, and feasibility. Additional criteria should be evaluated when accessing Web sites and include source, site credibility, conflict of interest, disclaimer, disclosure, navigation, and interactivity information.

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