The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide
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The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide

December 4, 2013

The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is a new tool funded by AHRQ that provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials. The PEMAT was designed to be completed by professionals, including health care providers, health librarians, and others tasked with providing high-quality materials to patients or consumers. The PEMAT helps you select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and easier to act on. Materials that score better on the PEMAT can be distributed to patients and consumers in hard copy, placed in an electronic health record system for providers to access at the point of care, or posted on patient Web portals.

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