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Comparison of literacy level of patients in a VA arthritis center with the reading level required by educational materials.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1581366     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Low literacy is a problem in a large segment of our population. We tested the reading levels of a group of 100 randomly chosen clinic and hospitalized patients seen in an urban Veterans Administration Arthritis and Immunology Center. The standardized Jastak Wide Range Achievement Test, revised level 2 (WRAT-R2), was utilized to determine the reading level appropriateness of Arthritis Foundation literature for this population. Arthritis Foundation literature by our testing with the McLaughlin's SMOG grading readability formula was found to be at the 8th- to 13th-grade level. Nearly 51% of our patients read below the 10th-grade level and 31% below the 7th-grade level. The Arthritis Foundation literature reading level may be too advanced for a significant number of our patients. These results may also have implications for other patient education literature and other written materials such as instructions on prescriptions.
I Larson; H R Schumacher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthritis care and research : the official journal of the Arthritis Health Professions Association     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0893-7524     ISO Abbreviation:  Arthritis Care Res     Publication Date:  1992 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-18     Completed Date:  1992-06-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8809082     Medline TA:  Arthritis Care Res     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-6     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Arthritis / rehabilitation*
Educational Status*
Hospitals, Veterans
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic / methods*
Teaching Materials / standards*

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