Patient Literacy and the Readability of Written Cancer Educational Materials
Researchers compared the reading abilities of patients with cancer at a
Veterans Adminstration Medical Center to the measured reading levels of
educational materials about cancer.
Graphical displays, scales of measurement, measures of center, measures of
spread, descriptive statistics.
Sample sizes and characteristics:
- Reading abilities measured in grade levels (grade 2 and below through
grade 13 and above) for a convenience sample of 63 veterans who had
outpatient oncology clinic appointments at the Philadelphia Veterans
Affairs Medical Center between April 1991 and December 1991.
- Reading levels measured in grade levels (2 through 16) for 30 booklets
available to patients with cancer at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration
Medical Center in 1991.
- The Wide Range Achievement Test word recognition subscale (WRAT-R2)
was used to measure the reading abilities of the patients.
- The Flesch Reading Ease and Grade Level Index was used to measure the
readabilities of the booklets.
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by Tom Short