Medical information pamphlets often are written using language that requires a reading level higher than parents of many pediatric patients have achieved.
Anecdotal reports suggest that many parents may not readily understand the federally mandated Public Health Service vaccine information pamphlets prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1991.
The level at which the pamphlets need to be written for low-reading-level parents is undetermined, as is whether parents reading at higher levels will accept low-reading-level materials.
To determine whether a simple pamphlet prepared at a low reading level using qualitative and adult education techniques would be preferable to the available CDC polio vaccine information pamphlet, we conducted an integrated qualitative-quantitative study.
We compared the parent reading time and comprehension of a simplified pamphlet (Louisiana State University, LSU) comprising 4 pages, 322 words, 7 instructional graphics, and a text requiring a 6th grade reading ability with the equivalent 1991 CDC vaccine information pamphlet comprising 16 pages, 18,117 words, no graphics, and a text requiring a 10th grade reading level.
We measured the reading ability of 522 parents of pediatric patients from northwest Louisiana seen at public clinics (81%) and in a private office (19%). (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Vaccination, Poliomyélite antérieure, Virose, Infection, Education sanitaire, Parent, Brochure, Accessibilité, Immunoprophylaxie, Compréhension, Environnement social, Niveau étude
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Vaccination, Acute anterior poliomyelitis, Viral disease, Infection, Health education, Parent, Paper bound, Accessibility, Immunoprophylaxis, Comprehension, Social environment, Education level
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0306888
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 10/04/1997.