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Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new tool for healthcare professionals. The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to promote health literacy. It helps users select from the many patient education materials available to determine those that are easier to understand and 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 portals. The accompanying user’s guide provides instructions on how to use the PEMAT, and a spreadsheet file automatically calculates PEMAT scores.

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