Kara M Carpenter-Haefele

University of Delaware, Delaware, United States

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Publications (1)1.28 Total impact

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    Nancy Cotugna · Connie E Vickery · Kara M Carpenter-Haefele
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reading level of patient education material from selected current health care journals. Ten patient education pages from a variety of health care journals were entered into a Microsoft Word program. Applying the Flesch-Kincaid readability formula available from Microsoft Word, a reading level for each page was established and compared to recommended standards. Only 2 of 10 patient education pages fell within the recommended reading levels for health-related materials, and 5 of 10 were above the estimated mean U.S. reading level of 8th grade. A 5th to 6th grade level is recommended for patient education materials. This study suggests that although it is known that low health literacy is a widespread problem, it is not always considered when patient-targeted materials are developed. Health care professionals need to become more active in addressing the literacy needs of the intended receiver of written health-related information.
    Full-text · Article · Jul 2005 · Journal of Community Health

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92 Citations
1.28 Total Impact Points

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  • 2005
    • University of Delaware
      • Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences
      Delaware, United States