A readability analysis of Australian stroke information

Sullivan, Karen A. & O'Conor, Frances M. (2001) A readability analysis of Australian stroke information. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 7(4), pp. 52-60.

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The aims of this study were to document the readability of a stroke education brochure and to illustrate how the readability of this document might be improved. Readability analyses using three different formulas were conducted on a stroke education brochure from the Australian National Stroke Foundation. Consistent with previous studies of the readability of written health information, results indicated that the overall level of difficulty of the material was too complex for the average member of the public to read and understand. Revision of a randomly selected section of text using established guidelines for writing patient information, and subsequent reanalysis of this section, showed that simple revisions of health literature can dramatically improve readability. Given the importance of effective communication of preventative information about stroke, we present these results as a model of how future revisions of difficult to read stroke-related literature might be conducted to improve public education.

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ID Code: 5509
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: ka.sullivan@qut.edu.au
Keywords: brain attack, patient education, stroke, readability, Sullivan
DOI: 10.1310/6UM4-6J7J-YTLC-K976
ISSN: 1074-9357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Thomas Land Publishers
Deposited On: 23 Nov 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2011 19:19

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