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A standardized pictograph educational tool to inform women about preeclampsia (written at 5th grade level).
The Preeclampsia Foundation developed this standardized educational tool to inform women about preeclampsia in conjunction with a team at Northwestern University. The objective of the study was to assess whether exposure to this tool led to superior understanding of the syndrome.
With the guidance of 2 maternal-fetal medicine physicians and a health services researcher with expertise in health literacy, key concepts pertaining to the signs and symptoms and the potential consequences of preeclampsia were identified. The team also selected relevant patient-initiated actions that should be undertaken when preeclampsia is suspected. These key concepts were then translated into images and simple text and placed onto a single sided card.
The conclusion of the study was that patients who were exposed to a graphics-based educational tool demonstrated superior preeclampsia-related knowledge, compared with those patients who were exposed to standard materials or no education. (For more information on the research behind this tool, see You WB, Wolf MS, Bailey SC, et al. Improving patient understanding of preeclampsia: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2012; 206: 431.e1-5.)
Each pad contains 25 sheets. Pad measures 6" by 9"