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

Langbecker, Danette and Janda, Monika (2012) Quality and readability of information materials for people with brain tumours and their families. Journal of Cancer Education, 27 4: 738-743. doi:10.1007/s13187-012-0401-9


Author Langbecker, Danette
Janda, Monika
Title Quality and readability of information materials for people with brain tumours and their families
Journal name Journal of Cancer Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0885-8195
1543-0154
Publication date 2012-12
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s13187-012-0401-9
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 27
Issue 4
Start page 738
End page 743
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Brain tumours
Cancer
Information
Patient education
Patient information
Readability
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Medicine Publications
 
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