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Patients must have some understanding of their diseases to make reasonable decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic procedures confronting them. Patients, however, usually lack the technical knowledge needed to comprehend many of the issues involved in making clinical decisions. Educational pamphlets can be a practical means to supplement patient education.
The ideal educational pamphlet, however, is exceedingly difficult to create, since it must be written for an audience with a wide range of reading skills, be objective but not promotional or discouraging, and strive for brevity while at the same time remaining comprehensive. Medical information disseminated in this fashion is usually assumed to reflect the same general viewpoints as the physicians who distribute it.
The series of pamphlets in the Patient Information Library by Krames Communications covers a variety of topics in ophthalmology—from general eye
"Most of the information in the booklets is discussed accurately and in very understandable terms."
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