Producing patient literature
Students are sometimes asked to produce a patient information booklet as a project or module on their course. Richard Crane and Bakula Patel explain how to get started
Many hospitals, charities, and support groups produce their own literature on a wide range of topics. Evidence shows that patients' recall of a consultation is often poor.1 So as people increasingly want to participate in choosing their care, literature for patients is a useful resource. Information can be read and absorbed at their own pace. But the standard of this information is often inadequate, either being presented poorly or with inappropriate content.2 Medical students are sometimes asked to contribute to these resources either as a course module or project.
When writing patient information, there are three things to think about:
Many of the things a patient will want to know are the same things that you or I would want to know if diagnosed with something previously unknown to us. The best way to find out exactly what to include is to speak to patients who have been diagnosed with