Patient Education Tool: Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective From CMS

CMS provides a free, downloadable "Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective."


The toolkit is a health literacy resource from CMS providing a detailed and comprehensive set of tools to help you make written material in printed formats easier for people to read, understand, and use.


CMS says examples of written material include brochures and pamphlets, booklets, flyers, fact sheets, posters, bookmarks, application forms, comparison charts, postcards, instruction sheets and questionnaires.


The focus of the toolkit is on creating written material intended for use by people eligible for or enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program — and by people who serve or assist them, such as family members and friends, outreach workers, agency staff, community organizations and care providers.  While the guidelines and advice offered by CMS is geared to the needs of CMS audiences, most of them reflect general principles for effective communication of information that can be applied to any audience.


Learn more about and download the toolkit by clicking here.


Note: View our database providing 150 reports that link to free, downloadable and adaptable tools for use in surgery centers, hospitals and other organizations by clicking here.


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