These resources have been selected to help you find and create patient education materials related to physical therapy.

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Last updated January 11, 2017

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Health Literacy Fact Sheets

(Center for Health Care Strategies) Series of fact sheets on various aspects of health literacy.

How to Write Easy to Read Health Materials

Three steps to writing easy-to-read health materials, from the trusted source of

Beyond the Brochure: Alternative Approaches to Effective Health Communication: A Guidebook

The AMC Cancer Research Center, with collaboration and support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, has developed Beyond the Brochure to assist health educators and health communicators in conceiving and producing educational materials and activities that do not rely solely on the printed word. [80 p.]

Clear & Simple: Developing Effective Print Materials for Low-Literate Readers

( This guide outlines a process for developing publications for people with limited-literacy skills. The process was derived from communications, health education, and literacy research and practice. In addition, writers who have produced low-literacy materials contributed their expertise.

How to Test for Readability: The SMOG Readability Formula

Instructions and examples on how to use the SMOG formula.

Microsoft Word's Readability Statistics

Handout that outlines how to use the built-in readability function in Microsoft Word. Word uses the Flesch-Kincaid model/formula to determine readability levels.

Simply Put: A Guide for Creating Easy-to-Understand Materials

Simply Put is Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guide to putting information in readable, plain language. The Simply Put Guide contains tips for print materials, such as brochures and fact sheets, for use by any audience.

CyberPT aims to be a comprehensive Internet physical therapy resource. It includes a number of patient education materials, including PT exercise videos.


MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 590 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

The world's most detailed 3D model of human anatomy available online created by Primal Pictures. Includes features such as interactive zoom, rotation, angle, interactive layers, extensive text, MRI, clinical slides and xrays, live action movies, animations, radiology slides, dissection videos and slides, surface anatomy videos and slides. Focuses on muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, arteries, bones.

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

Extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations related to diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. MedlinePlus contains both copyrighted and non-copyrighted material. Check copyright guidelines at

"Free" Clipart

These are image collections that are free for educational use. Please carefully read the copyright notices and disclaimers before use - some sites have detailed instructions and conditions on use of the images.

Creative Commons Image Search

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase access to works available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing. The image search will filter Google and Flickr image searches for items that have a Creative Commons license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a Creative Commons license by following the link