Quality and readability of information materials for people with brain tumours and their families

Langbecker, Danette H. & Janda, Monika (2012) Quality and readability of information materials for people with brain tumours and their families. Journal of Cancer Education, 27, pp. 738-743.

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Written information is commonly used to inform patients about their disease and treatment, but must be evidence-based and understandable to be useful. This study assessed the quality of the content and the readability of information brochures for people affected by brain tumours. We randomly selected 18 publicly available brochures. Brochures were assessed by criteria to assess the quality of content using the DISCERN instrument. Readability was tested using three commonly used formulas, which yield the reading grade level required to comprehend the brochure (sixth grade level recommended). The mean overall DISCERN score was 3.17 out of a maximum of 5 (moderate quality); only one achieved a rating greater than 4 (high quality). Only one brochure met the sixth grade readability criteria. Although brochures may have accurate content, few satisfied all of the recommended criteria to evaluate their content. Existing brochures need to be critically reviewed and simplified, consumer-focused brochures produced.

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ID Code: 53050
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: patient information, patient education, brain tumours, readability, information, cancer
DOI: 10.1007/s13187-012-0401-9
ISSN: 1543-0154
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2012 23:45
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 23:02

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