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A readability analysis of Australian stroke information

By Karen A. Sullivan and Frances M. O'Conor


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

Topics: 170106 Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology, brain attack, patient education, stroke, readability, Sullivan
Publisher: Thomas Land Publishers
Year: 2001
DOI identifier: 10.1310/6UM4-6J7J-YTLC-K976
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