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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2005 February;164(1):59-63

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Evaluation of a health literacy intervention: readability and understanding of an information tool on menopause written with the help of women

Daghio M. M. 1, Ciardullo A. V. 1, Fattori G. 1, Borsari S. 1,2, Ferrante M. 2, Lupo S. 2, Picco P. 2, Vezzani M. D. 2, Maselli G. 2

1 Local Health Plan, Modena, Italy;
2 Women’s Health, Local Health Unit, Modena, Italy


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The readability and understanding of an easy-to-read patient page on menopause, co-written by educators, physicians and women has been evaluated. A cross-sectional survey has been performed. The study involved 182 women who visited our department during an index week. They filled out an ad hoc anonymous questionnaire, just before and after they read the patient page. Data on readability and understating were computed. The respondents had a mean age of 44.8±8.2 (SD) years (range 27-65 years). Fifteen percent of them had received a primary education, 70% a secondary education and another 15% a higher education. Of the 182 participants, 90% of them found the booklet’s language to be “easy” or “very easy” and 10% “fairly easy” for laypersons to understand. They all stated that the patient page was useful. Readers’ answers were more correct after they had read the booklet. The pretest showed that 51±24% of the readers answered the cognitive items correctly. After reading the booklet, 88±13% of them gave correct answers. The after-minus-before net increase in knowledge was 37±16% and ranged from 27% to 55%. The booklet, designed with the help of people, was useful and quite easy to read.

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