Using Plain Language Skills to Create an Educational Brochure About Sperm Banking for Adolescent and Young Adult Males With Cancer Academic Article uri icon

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  • Writing in plain language makes it easier for patients to read, understand, and make informed decisions about sperm banking. Greater attention to the issue and properly designed educational brochures for use by nurses in oncology and reproductive health is of evident importance but of unknown impact. A multidisciplinary clinical team followed an evidence-based, patient-centered approach to develop “plain language” patient education materials about sperm banking for adolescent and young adult (AYA) males with cancer. A patient education booklet was produced and implemented as part of the planned patient education for AYA male oncology patients at McMaster Children's Hospital, Hamilton Health Sciences, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The patient education booklet for use by health professionals as a teaching tool to facilitate discussion with AYA males has been produced with the hope that it will contribute to better informed decision making regarding sperm banking and increased use of this technology for fertility preservation.


  • Nagel, Kim
  • Wizowski, Lindsay
  • Duckworth, JoAnn
  • Cassano, Jane
  • Hahn, Shirley Ann
  • Neal, Michael

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  • July 2008

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