Can the written information to research subjects be improved?--an empirical study

Journal of Medical Ethics 25 (3):263-267 (1999)

Pam Rossel
University of Amsterdam
OBJECTIVES: To study whether linguistic analysis and changes in information leaflets can improve readability and understanding. DESIGN: Randomised, controlled study. Two information leaflets concerned with trials of drugs for conditions/diseases which are commonly known were modified, and the original was tested against the revised version. SETTING: Denmark. PARTICIPANTS: 235 persons in the relevant age groups. MAIN MEASURES: Readability and understanding of contents. RESULTS: Both readability and understanding of contents was improved: readability with regard to both information leaflets and understanding with regard to one of the leaflets. CONCLUSION: The results show that both readability and understanding can be improved by increased attention to the linguistic features of the information
Keywords info:mesh/Comprehension  info:mesh/Aged  info:mesh/Reading  info:mesh/Denmark  info:mesh/Middle Aged  info:mesh/Informed Consent  info:mesh/Linear Models  info:mesh/Information Dissemination  info:mesh/Humans  info:mesh/Adult  info:mesh/Research Subjects  info:mesh/Ethics, Medical  info:mesh/Aged, 80 and over  info:mesh/Hypertension  info:mesh/Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic  info:mesh/Pamphlets  info:mesh/Analysis of Variance  info:mesh/Male  info:mesh/Female  info:mesh/Disclosure  info:mesh/Patient Education as Topic  info:mesh/Consent Forms  info:mesh/Human Experimentation  Humans   Hypertension   Analysis of Variance   Linear Models   Human Experimentation   Disclosure   Information Dissemination   Comprehension   Informed Consent   Consent Forms   Ethics, Medical   Reading   Pamphlets   Adult   Aged   Aged, 80 and over   Middle Aged   Research Subjects   Denmark   Female   Male   Patient Education as Topic   Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
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DOI 10.1136/jme.25.3.263
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