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FAQs: What does it mean for materials to be written in plain language?

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What does it mean for materials to be written in plain language?

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Plain language means that information on this website is easily understood. Our policy is to write health information at a 7th grade reading level or below. We follow guidelines for health literacy and health education writing so that you can understand step by step what to expect for a test, procedure, or home care.  

  • Pictures are used to accompany text to improve understanding. 
  • Text is written in at least 14 point font, in Arial or Times New Roman. 
  • A special format is used so that headings, sub-headings and content follow an easy to read pattern. 

We don't expect you to know medical terms, but we want you to understand your medical care. We write in a way that helps you understand health concepts to enable you to be an active partner with your health care team. ​

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Created at 6/14/2011 2:00 PM by Barnes, Angela
Last modified at 8/13/2012 12:36 PM by Barnes, Angela