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  1. Presentation and reading level of Sleep brochures : Are they appropriate for Sleep Disorders patients ?

    Article - En anglais


    Sleep-disorders patients must be given information and health education they understand.

    The purpose of this study was twofold : (1) to assess suitability of American Sleep Disorders Association and National Sleep Foundation patient education brochures ; and (2) to assess one widely used brochure, using patient input and patient literacy level, as a model for development of future materials.


    Twelve American Sleep Disorders Association and National Sleep Foundation brochures were assessed for reading level using Grammatik, and for design, presentation, and motivating qualities using the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM).

    Patient literacy level was assessed using the Rapid Estimate Of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM).


    The Louisiana State University Medical Center sleep clinic, faculty private sleep clinic, and in the sleep center laboratory.

    Patients or Participants 

    During the months of February-May 1997,170 sleep disorders patients, 39% African American, 59% white participated in the study.

    Participants ranged in age from 18-73 years, with a mean age of 46.

    Measurements and Results 

    Suitability scores for the 12 brochures indicate that none scored in the superior range, 83% scored adequate, and 17% scored not suitable.

    Ninety-four percent of the brochures were written on a 12th grade level or higher, yet 37% of the sleep patients tested were reading at less than a 9th grade level. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Brochure, Trouble sommeil, Apnée sommeil syndrome, Présentation document, Lecture, Compréhension

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Paper bound, Sleep disorder, Sleep apnea syndrome, Document layout, Reading, Comprehension

    Logo du centre Notice produite par :
    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0331931

    Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 27/11/1998.