FeatureHow to Choose and Develop Written Educational MaterialsPierce, Linda L. PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA1Author Information 1Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, is a professor at the University of Toledo in Toledo, OH. Professor Address correspondence to her at[email protected]. Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: May 2010 - Volume 35 - Issue 3 - p 99-105 doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2010.tb00284.x Buy Metrics Abstract Education is a key component of comprehensive rehabilitation care because it helps promote clients' healthy behaviors and recovery from diseases and injuries or adaptation to chronic conditions. Choosing to use written, organization-based, commercially generated, and Internet-based educational materials is dependent on credibility, readability, and availability. If these materials are unsuitable or no appropriate information on a topic is available, the decision to adapt existing material or design new materials must be made. Recommendations for developing readable materials center on having a clear purpose for writing about a topic; listening to patients; presenting accurate information that reflects accepted, common practice; and using a clear writing style. The strategies presented in this article are intended to help nurses and other healthcare professionals choose or develop educational materials for patients and their family members. © 2010 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.