The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide

Domain: Understandability

Topic: Content

Item 1: The material makes its purpose completely evident (P and A/V)

Ratings: Disagree = 0       Agree = 1

Explanation

Printable materials: The material uses a title or upfront text that clearly tells you at a glance what the material is about. If the material uses a generic statement (e.g., this material will help you be informed about your condition) instead of a statement(s) that reflects the specific purpose of the material, you should choose "Disagree."

Audiovisual materials: The A/V material's title makes it clear what the material is about, or at the beginning of the material the narrator or the displayed text makes it clear what the material is about.

Examples

Material Titles

CHOOSE "AGREE"—Purpose is completely evident from title: What will happen during your mammogram
CHOOSE "DISAGREE"—Purpose is not completely evident from title: Mammograms and You

Statements in a Printable or Audiovisual Material

These statements may be text in a printable material or on a screen or slide in an audiovisual material, or they can be stated orally in an audiovisual material.

CHOOSE "AGREE"—Purpose is completely evident from a statement (written or oral) at the beginning of a material: This material will help you understand what prediabetes is and how you can manage it with diet and exercise.
CHOOSE "DISAGREE"—Purpose is not completely evident from a statement (written or oral) at the beginning of a material: This material will help you stay healthy.

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Item 2: The material does not include information or content that distracts from its purpose (P)

Ratings: Disagree = 0       Agree = 1

Explanation

The material's content is focused and relevant to its purpose, and no information distracts or detracts from the material's purpose. Only essential information is included; extra information is left out so as not to overwhelm the audience with too much or unnecessary content.

Examples

The following are examples of potentially distracting information or content:

  • Excessive detail about the equipment used for a procedure that distracts from the material's purpose.
  • Excessive detail about other procedures or treatments that are not related to the material's purpose.

Extensive description of the background or epidemiology of a disease or chronic condition that ultimately distracts from the material's purpose.

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Current as of October 2013
Internet Citation: The Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide: Domain: Understandability. October 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/prevention-chronic-care/improve/self-mgmt/pemat/pemat3.html