Creating Patient Facing Content

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What is Patient Facing Content[edit | edit source]

Patient Facing content are pages that are written to inform patients and members of the public. The content should be written in plain, clear English without the use of complex medical terms. The development of these handouts has been based on current available evidence and evaluated using the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT)[1]. You can read more about how to use PEMAT to assess material in the PEMAT & User's Guide[2].

First Steps[edit | edit source]

  1. If you are adding a template to a new page first you need to create a new page.
  2. On an existing page, click the Edit Source link to edit the source code of your page.
  3. Paste the following text {{subst:PFC}} this is the template for PFC, it has all the headings that you will need to create your page. It is important to use these headings in the order they appear
  4. It is always a good idea to let people know that the page is a work in progress and under construction. You can do this by pasting the following text at the top of the page <div class="noeditbox">This article or area is currently under construction and may only be partially complete. Please come back soon to see the finished work! ({{REVISIONDAY}}/{{REVISIONMONTH}}/{{REVISIONYEAR}})</div> or you can visit the template Under Construction
  5. Click the Save page button at the bottom of the page.
  6. Do not forget to remove the Under Construction template once you have completed the work on your page. When you now view your page it will be populated with the template content. To edit this content click on the Edit tab and edit as normal.

Important Things to Remember[edit | edit source]

  1. Adapt the terminology and your language so that it is easy for patients to understand. AVOID complex medical terms wherever possible.
  2. Monitor your word count. This content may be uploaded to a PDF to share with clinicians and patients so it is important that your new page does not exceed 1,000 words

The Headings/Sections Explained[edit | edit source]

Below is a brief explanation of each section and the content that you should include. You must use the headings in the order on the template. This important as the information may be transferred to a template to share with clinicians and patients.

Read Me First[edit | edit source]

This information is not intended to replace your healthcare professional. Please make sure you seek medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms.... (list yellow/red flags)

Disclaimer[edit | edit source]

The content on or accessible through Physiopedia is for informational purposes only. Physiopedia is not a substitute for professional advice or expert medical services.

What Is It [Condition]?[edit | edit source]

Definition of the condition, relevant anatomy, and pathophysiology in terminology/language suitable to patients.

Causes[edit | edit source]

Risk factors, epidemiology in terminology/language suitable to patients

Prevention[edit | edit source]

Evidence-based advice on preventative measures

Symptoms[edit | edit source]

Common and less common symptoms. severity, intensity and nature of symptoms in terminology/language suitable to patients. relate to activities of daily living.

Diagnosis[edit | edit source]

Overview of diagnostic procedures.

Management[edit | edit source]

evidence-based treatment, including other members of the MDT for the specific condition in terminology/language suitable to patients.

Exercises[edit | edit source]

Evidence-based exercises for the specific condition in terminology/language suitable to patients. be mindful that some patients may not have access to a gym or certain equipment.

PDF must include images of the exercise with a link to the video where possible.

Web can contain videos of the exercise.

Self Management[edit | edit source]

Evidence-based treatment for the specific condition in terminology/language suitable to patients.

More Information and Support[edit | edit source]

Links or information on specialist services, charities, or organisations that may offer additional help and support.

References[edit | edit source]