Guiding principles for printed education materials: design preferences of people with aphasia

Rose, Tanya A., Worrall, Linda E., Hickson, Louise M. and Hoffmann, Tammy C. (2012) Guiding principles for printed education materials: design preferences of people with aphasia. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14 1: 11-23. doi:10.3109/17549507.2011.631583

Author Rose, Tanya A.
Worrall, Linda E.
Hickson, Louise M.
Hoffmann, Tammy C.
Title Guiding principles for printed education materials: design preferences of people with aphasia
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2012-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2011.631583
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 11
End page 23
Total pages 13
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The objectives of this study were to obtain the preferences of people with aphasia for the design of stroke and aphasia printed education materials (PEMs) and to compare these preferences with recommendations in the literature for developing written information for other populations. A face-to-face quantitative questionnaire was completed with 40 adults with aphasia post-stroke. The questionnaire explored preferences for: (1) the representation of numbers, (2) font size and type, (3) line spacing, (4) document length, and (5) graphic type. Most preferences (62.4%, n = 146) were for numbers expressed as figures rather than words. The largest proportion of participants selected 14 point (28.2%, n = 11) and Verdana ref (33.3%, n = 13) as the easiest font size and type to read, and a preference for 1.5 line spacing (41.0%, n = 16) was identified. Preference for document length was not related to the participant's reading ability or aphasia severity. Most participants (95.0%, n = 38) considered graphics to be helpful, with photographs more frequently reported as a helpful graphic type. The identified preferences support many of the formatting recommendations found within the literature. This research provides guiding principles for developing PEMs in preferred formats for people with aphasia.
Keyword Aphasia
Printed education materials
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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