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An Addition to Patient Education Material for Colonoscopy Preparation

Olivia Heysek

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School: Kenston High School
Internship Track: Applied Medicine
Year 2018
Mentor: Connie Davis, RN
Department(s): Endoscopy
Abstract: Prior research discloses that the majority of adults read at or below an 8th grade level, yet most medical information is written at a 10th grade level. This results in an overall lack of patient comprehension, which can have a variety of negative outcomes. Current patient education material for colonoscopy preparation is wordy, repetitive, and often confusing for many patients. As a result of this project’s research, I created a pamphlet of simplified information to aid patient comprehension and reduce potential cancellations or complications with the procedure.