Evaluation of Patient Education Materials for the SMMART Clinic
Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy
Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy
Kimberley Persons, DHS, OTR/L, CLA
Community health and health literacy go hand in hand. To better understand the extent of this in within their own community, a group of master’s students in the occupational therapy program at St. Catherine University examined the link between usable educational materials and the local community health clinic. Within the St. Paul community, there’s a strong partnership with the St. Mary’s Health clinics, their affiliate clinic St. Mary’s Medical And Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic (SMMART), and the university. The role of both medical clinics is to provide affordable and comprehensive care to underserved communities. A new element to this is the establishment of the Bienestar clinic under the wing of the SMMART clinic.
As occupational therapy students, we developed our master project with an emphasis on identifying barriers that exist in primary healthcare settings from the perspective of Latino individuals. When developing our project, we observed the SMMART clinic and conducted a needs assessment by interviewing the interdisciplinary team members, including but not limited to dietitians, physical assistants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, and their experience working within the clinic. As a result, responses reported expanding resources for Latino clients. We created client education materials utilizing the Patient Education Material Assessments Tools (PEMAT) to promote readability and accessibility for Latino individuals through an online website with embedded toolkits specific to anxiety, depression, and sleep deficits. Many clients could access these toolkits through the Bienestar website to participate intermittently between therapy sessions to cope with their mental health needs.