Paper Information

Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF ENDOCRINOLOGY AND METABOLISM (IJEM)   Winter 2004 , Volume 5 , Number Supplement (4); Page(s) 447 To 453.
 
Paper: 

ASSESSING THE READABILITY OF WRITTEN PATIENT EDUCATION MATERIALS IN THE PREVENTION OF NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (TLGS)

 
 
Author(s):  AINY E., MEHRABI YAD ELAH, AZIZI F., AMIRI P.
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: The study aimed at evaluating the readability and efficacy of design of healthrelated newsletters in the reduction of prevalence of non-communicable diseases.
Materials and Methods: Of 15005 participants in the Tehran Lipid and Glucose Study (TLGS) , 5633 underwent the interventional program. Of these 300 households were randomly selected for this study. This investigation employed three tools to assess the efficacy of the publications mentioned; a questionnaire, the Maine Area Health Education Center checklist (AHEC) , and the Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) readability formula. Three health newsletters were evaluated and the results of AHEC scores were analyzed using the Kruskal-Wallis test.
Results: The response rate of the study was 52%, i.e. 154 completed questionnaires were returned from the selected families. 57% of these subjects had educational levels below high school diplomas and 43% were high ,! school graduates or above. No significant difference was seen between the two sexes. Of the population evaluated, 3% were under 10 years of age, 24% were between 11 and 20, and 68% were over 20 years old. Based of AHEC criteria, the efficacy of the educational materials assessed was 77.8%. Characteristics of the AHEC criteria using for the three reading materials were 23/6±3/0, I 23/3±3/2 and 23/3±2/8 respectively. There was no significant difference in the result of the abovementioned factors. The readability score was 9-10.
Conclusion: All the three patient education materials assessed were determined to be relatively appropriate with regard to design and readability in the prevention of NCD for the population assessed.

 
Keyword(s): READABILITY, DESIGN, EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS, ASSESS, TLGS
 
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