How to Write Easy-to-Read Health Materials

Medical concepts and language can be complex. People need easily understandable health information regardless of age, background or reading level. MedlinePlus offers guidelines and resources to help you create easy-to-read health materials.

What are easy-to-read (ETR) materials?

ETR materials are written for audiences who have difficulty reading or understanding information. These materials can also benefit people who prefer reading easy-to-read information.

How do you create easy-to-read materials?

Writing ETR materials involves several important steps:

Step 1: Plan and Research….more

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