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Feature Christmas 2017: Language and Literacy

Santa’s little helpers: a novel approach to developing patient information leaflets

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5565 (Published 13 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5565

Re: Santa’s little helpers: a novel approach to developing patient information leaflets

I loved this paper by Catrin Wigley, Victoria Bucknall and Simon Fleming . I was unaware that the average reading age in Britain is nine and it is so instructive to read the 'Patient Information Factsheets' that nine-year-olds wrote about hip arthroplasty after it had been explained to them, and to see their delightful drawings. We have so much to learn from their simplicity and directness. I congratulate the authors on their highly innovative research from which we can learn so much and at the same time have a really good chuckle. I hope that their work will be taken up by the people who write information leaflets. I am pleased that the idea has already been taken up by Amy Price (Rapid response).,

Competing interests: No competing interests

22 December 2017
Roger H Armour
Retired consultant general and vascular surgeon
Lister Hospital, Stevenage
Hirchin, Hertfordshire