Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Background. There is a lack of high-quality research and inadequate training available to healthcare professionals and caregivers on Nighttime Postural Care (NTPC). Purpose. The purpose of this project was to 1) develop a training package on NTPC assessments to educate caregivers of children with cerebral palsy (CP) and the research team, and 2) educate clinical scientists on plain language.

Approaches. The author used the Patient Education Materials Assessment Tool (PEMAT) and Program for Research Institute of Medicine and Science (PRISM) Editing Checklist to evaluate training materials and generated recommendations. Volunteer research team member representatives completed the training and pre-post training surveys. In addition, a presentation on plain language was delivered to a group of clinical scientists.

Outcomes. Mean PEMAT and PRISM Editing Checklist scores improved following revisions. Ratings of perceived competency in NTPC assessment and intervention increased following the training. Perceived knowledge and confidence in plain language among clinical scientists increased when comparing pre- to post-surveys, but perceived ability in plain language decreased. Implications. The evaluation of training materials resulted in improvements to ensure the training met the health literacy standards of the intended audience. Researchers and healthcare professionals need to evaluate the plain language of materials to ensure understandability.