Critique of Good Brochure for low literacy learners

The healthcare industry aims at improving the health of as many patients as possible. In this case, it is concerned about the literacy levels of patients in order to determine the kind of medication that such patients ought to receive. According to Bastable (2013), patients with high illiteracy levels tend to have more medical admissions than the literate ones. The author’s conclusion is that those patients have psychological related problems due to their low comprehension levels. These patients would find it difficult interpreting information that the health care practitioners provide to them. Health care providers noticed that patients with low literacy levels are facing various difficulties understanding written information (Bastable, 2013). In this case, they recommended development of literature that patients of fifth-grade and below would comprehend without difficulties. I would be discussing the educational brochure for “Patient Education Obesity Project” from the Primary Care Leadership Program (PCLP).

The writer has created the brochure in a style that a fifth-grade level person can understand. Additionally, the author has used a point-form style where he numbers points under each subtopic to help the reader identify them effortlessly. It is educational, as it notifies the reader about the causes of obesity, prevention measures, and future research projects. The writer uses few words and illustrates ideas further through the use of diagrams (PCLP n.d). The design layout of the brochure encourages one to read because the writer has used an appropriate font that is not straining to the eye. Although the brochure is appropriately written, the author can improve on certain elements such as the use of acronyms without explanation. For instance in the sentence, “Target overweight patients BMI 25 and above” (PCLP n.p), the author uses a medical term BMI 25 without explaining it, thus, causing confusion onto the reader

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