How readable are the hospital information leaflets available to elderly patients ?
The readability of 70 hospital information leaflets was compared with that of outside publications.
Clarity of language was assessed by calculation of a « reading score » for each document using the Gunning FOG test.
Layout was assessed in terms of typeface, style of print and use of illustrations.
Reading scores were generally satisfactory and illustrations were used effectively in most cases.
However, seven (10%) of the leaflets had scores of 14 and above (equivalent to the British Medical Journal).
Only 12 (17%) of the leaflets met the recommendations of the Royal National Institute for the Blind for size of typeface.
The Gunning FOG test provides a reasonable assessment of readability.
Documents scoring 12 and over may be incomprehensible, particularly to elderly patients.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hospitalisation, Hôpital, Communication information, Présentation information, Lisibilité, Evaluation, Etude comparative, Gériatrie, Vieillard, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospitalization, Hospital, Information communication, Information layout, Legibility, Evaluation, Comparative study, Geriatrics, Elderly, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0201346
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 199406.