The “average” American reads at a 7th or 8th grade level and healthcare professionals often do not realize that patients are unable to understand educational materials. The Flesch-Kincaid is a test rates text on a U.S. school grade level. For most documents, aim for a score of around 6.0 to 7.0 which translates to a 6th or 7th grade reading level. Utilize this test when you are reviewing any documents that patients or their families will be receiving.
Often when Patient Family Advisors are invited to share their stories and contribute to educational events, we are asked for a bio and/or resume. We receive this request to keep our partnering healthcare providers engaged by offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Each clinical healthcare provider is required to collect a number of hours so that his or her license remains current. To meet the requirements for providing CEUs to participants, the organizing group must submit resumes and CVs for everyone who presents. PFCC Partners has developed this template to help guide Patient Family Advisors in providing their relevant experience.