Readability level of patient information leaflets for older people.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/198850
Title:
Readability level of patient information leaflets for older people.
Authors:
Cronin, M; O'Hanlon, S; O'Connor, M
Affiliation:
Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland.
Citation:
Readability level of patient information leaflets for older people. 2011, 180 (1):139-42 Ir J Med Sci
Journal:
Irish journal of medical science
Issue Date:
Mar-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/198850
DOI:
10.1007/s11845-010-0624-x
PubMed ID:
21046472
Abstract:
Limited literacy is associated with a nearly twofold increase in mortality in older patients.; The aim was to assess the readability level of patient information leaflets in Ireland.; The SMOG formula is a validated tool to assess readability of text, providing an estimate of the years of education needed to understand a piece of writing. We evaluated 45 common patient information leaflets for older people, and compared them to newspapers.; The mean readability level of the patient education leaflets was 12.57 (range 9.4-16.33). The mean readability level of broadsheet newspapers was 12. A majority of patient education materials are written at an excessively high readability level.; Patient education information should be aimed at an appropriate level for the target audience. This is of particular relevance in the older population, who are at a higher risk of inadequate or marginal health literacy.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
BACKGROUND: Limited literacy is associated with a nearly twofold increase in mortality in older patients. AIMS: The aim was to assess the readability level of patient information leaflets in Ireland. METHODS: The SMOG formula is a validated tool to assess readability of text, providing an estimate of the years of education needed to understand a piece of writing. We evaluated 45 common patient information leaflets for older people, and compared them to newspapers. RESULTS: The mean readability level of the patient education leaflets was 12.57 (range 9.4-16.33). The mean readability level of broadsheet newspapers was 12. A majority of patient education materials are written at an excessively high readability level. CONCLUSION: Patient education information should be aimed at an appropriate level for the target audience. This is of particular relevance in the older population, who are at a higher risk of inadequate or marginal health literacy.
MeSH:
Aged; Health Literacy; Health Promotion; Humans; Pamphlets; Patient Education as Topic
ISSN:
1863-4362

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCronin, Men
dc.contributor.authorO'Hanlon, Sen
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Men
dc.date.accessioned2011-12-23T10:37:28Z-
dc.date.available2011-12-23T10:37:28Z-
dc.date.issued2011-03-
dc.identifier.citationReadability level of patient information leaflets for older people. 2011, 180 (1):139-42 Ir J Med Scien
dc.identifier.issn1863-4362-
dc.identifier.pmid21046472-
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s11845-010-0624-x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/198850-
dc.descriptionBACKGROUND: Limited literacy is associated with a nearly twofold increase in mortality in older patients. AIMS: The aim was to assess the readability level of patient information leaflets in Ireland. METHODS: The SMOG formula is a validated tool to assess readability of text, providing an estimate of the years of education needed to understand a piece of writing. We evaluated 45 common patient information leaflets for older people, and compared them to newspapers. RESULTS: The mean readability level of the patient education leaflets was 12.57 (range 9.4-16.33). The mean readability level of broadsheet newspapers was 12. A majority of patient education materials are written at an excessively high readability level. CONCLUSION: Patient education information should be aimed at an appropriate level for the target audience. This is of particular relevance in the older population, who are at a higher risk of inadequate or marginal health literacy.en
dc.description.abstractLimited literacy is associated with a nearly twofold increase in mortality in older patients.-
dc.description.abstractThe aim was to assess the readability level of patient information leaflets in Ireland.-
dc.description.abstractThe SMOG formula is a validated tool to assess readability of text, providing an estimate of the years of education needed to understand a piece of writing. We evaluated 45 common patient information leaflets for older people, and compared them to newspapers.-
dc.description.abstractThe mean readability level of the patient education leaflets was 12.57 (range 9.4-16.33). The mean readability level of broadsheet newspapers was 12. A majority of patient education materials are written at an excessively high readability level.-
dc.description.abstractPatient education information should be aimed at an appropriate level for the target audience. This is of particular relevance in the older population, who are at a higher risk of inadequate or marginal health literacy.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subject.meshAged-
dc.subject.meshHealth Literacy-
dc.subject.meshHealth Promotion-
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshPamphlets-
dc.subject.meshPatient Education as Topic-
dc.titleReadability level of patient information leaflets for older people.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentCork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork, Ireland.en
dc.identifier.journalIrish journal of medical scienceen
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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