Health Education Leaflet Analysis

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Introduction Boosting good quality information for patients, their families and the public was a duty in the National Health Service(NHS) Plan (July 2000, chapter 10) and part of the proposals in the Kennedy Report into the Bristol Royal Infirmary (July 2001, section 2, chapter 23) all cited in Department of Health (DH) (2008). Producing quality information to patients and members of the public will not only allow them to interpret their health needs but also enable them to make right decision for themselves and their families (DH, 2006). One of the methods of doing this is through health education which is one of the components of health promotion (Naidoo and Wills, 2009; Ewles and Simnett, 2003; Brooker and Waught, 2007). Health education can be described as: helping people to enhance and take control their own health; influencing people to decide and support healthful practices; delivering information; raising understanding of health issues and circumstances leading to ill health just to mention a few (Brooker and Waught, 2007; Naidoo and Wills, 2009; Ewles and Simnett, 2003). This piece of work is aim at appraising a health education leaflet (Appendix 1) associated to a present-day NHS campaign on health promotion and which for the reason of this assignment will throughout this work will be called “the leaflet”. Sizing up this leaflet will include: a description of why this leaflet was chosen; the origin of the leaflet; dissection of the design and typography of the leaflet including the effectiveness of textual layout and illustration supported by references and finally, an appraisal of the information content contained within the leaflet. Body The leaflet which is found at the end of this piece of work (Appendix... ... middle of paper ... ...n. Edinburgh: Bailliere Tindall. Department of Health (2006) The Information Standard [Online]. Available from: http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Healthcare/PatientChoice... [Accessed 5th June 2010]. Department of Health (2008) Toolkit for Producing Patient Information. [Online]. Available from: http://www.doh.gov.uk/nhsidentify. [Accessed 5th June 2010]. Losmark, A. (2008) Nursing Student view on Learning Opportunity in Primary Health Care. Nursing Standard Vol 23 No 13 pp 35-43. Turnball, A.(2003) How Nurses can develop good patient information leaflets. Nursing Times. Vol 99 no 21 pp 26-31. Valerie, B. (2006) Preparing a Patient Information Leaflet. Journal of Perioperative Practice. Vol 16 no 11 Welton, S (2009) Policy for Written Information Leaflets [Online]. Available from: http://www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/.../Policy%20for%20Written%20Information%20leaflets.pdf.
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