Lookup NU author(s): Professor Rob Wilson,
Professor Ian Purves,
Dr Jill Clark,
Professor Douglas Newton
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This article reviews the usefulness and importance of written information, specifically leaflets, being given to patients. Evidence suggesting how both patient and doctor may benefit from the giving of written information is reviewed. Identification of good practice relating to the content and readability of leaflets is discussed. An argument is put forward that the giving of written information is an under-utilized resource in contributing to improving patient outcomes but that this may be changing with the increasing use of patient leaflet databases. The advantages and disadvantages of computer-generated patient leaflets are discussed and desirable further areas of research on computer-generated leaflets are proposed.
Author(s): Kenny T, Wilson RG, Purves IN, Clark J, Newton LD, Newton DP, Moseley DV
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Family Practice
Print publication date: 01/10/1998
ISSN (print): 0263-2136
ISSN (electronic): 1460-2229
PubMed id: 9848435