The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool, or PEMAT was created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to develop reliable and valid patient materials. AHRQ (2013) defined two categories for evaluation, including a checklist of criteria for each:
Understandability: Patient education materials are understandable when consumers of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of health literacy can process and explain key messages.
Actionability: Patient education materials are actionable when consumers of diverse backgrounds and varying levels of health literacy can identify what they can do based on the information presented.
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