Assess Patient Education Materials


New AHRQ Tool: Choose More Understandable and Actionable Materials

Patient educational materials, such as brochures, medical instructions, and audiovisual aids, are often complex and lack clear information about what the patient is supposed to do. 

AHRQ’s Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and User’s Guide provides a systematic method to evaluate and compare the understandability and actionability of patient education materials.

By selecting health materials that score better on the PEMAT, you can be more confident that people of varying levels of health literacy will be able to process and explain key messages, and identify what they can do based on the information presented. 

 To access the PEMAT, go to:

 You can find additional tools for improving health literacy at AHRQ’s website, including: