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

By Danette Langbecker and Monika Janda


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 and consumer-focused brochures, produced

Topics: Brain tumours, Cancer, Information, Patient education, Patient information, Readability, 2730 Oncology, 2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s13187-012-0401-9
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