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Article: Readability of patient information leaflets on antiepileptic drugs in the UK

TitleReadability of patient information leaflets on antiepileptic drugs in the UK
Authors
KeywordsAntiepileptic drugs
Patient information leaflets
Readability
Issue Date1999
PublisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/seizure
Citation
Seizure, 1999, v. 8 n. 1, p. 35-37 How to Cite?
AbstractThe Audit Commission in the UK recommends that patient information leaflets (PILs) should be audited by health professionals using a formal readability test. However, no such study on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been identified in a Medline search. The aim of this study was to audit the readability of PILs prepared for marketed proprietary AEDs in the UK. Twelve PILs were compared with six antiepileptic drug articles from medical journals and six headline articles from UK newspapers. The Gunning Fog index and the Flesch Reading Ease index were calculated for each PIL and article. The results of the Gunning Fog index and the Flesch Reading Ease score were compared using the Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test. PILs were shown to have a statistically significant lower mean reading age than the medical articles and newspapers (P < 0.001). The Gunning Fog index and Flesch Reading Ease score showed that PILs had a mean reading age of 8.8 and mean readability score of 69, respectively. In conclusion, the PILs prepared for proprietary antiepileptic drugs in the UK are suitable for the reading age of the general adult population.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132924
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2015 Impact Factor: 2.109
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.792
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dc.date.accessioned2011-04-04T07:58:00Z-
dc.date.available2011-04-04T07:58:00Z-
dc.date.issued1999en_HK
dc.identifier.citationSeizure, 1999, v. 8 n. 1, p. 35-37en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1059-1311en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/132924-
dc.description.abstractThe Audit Commission in the UK recommends that patient information leaflets (PILs) should be audited by health professionals using a formal readability test. However, no such study on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) has been identified in a Medline search. The aim of this study was to audit the readability of PILs prepared for marketed proprietary AEDs in the UK. Twelve PILs were compared with six antiepileptic drug articles from medical journals and six headline articles from UK newspapers. The Gunning Fog index and the Flesch Reading Ease index were calculated for each PIL and article. The results of the Gunning Fog index and the Flesch Reading Ease score were compared using the Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test. PILs were shown to have a statistically significant lower mean reading age than the medical articles and newspapers (P < 0.001). The Gunning Fog index and Flesch Reading Ease score showed that PILs had a mean reading age of 8.8 and mean readability score of 69, respectively. In conclusion, the PILs prepared for proprietary antiepileptic drugs in the UK are suitable for the reading age of the general adult population.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/seizureen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofSeizureen_HK
dc.subjectAntiepileptic drugsen_HK
dc.subjectPatient information leafletsen_HK
dc.subjectReadabilityen_HK
dc.titleReadability of patient information leaflets on antiepileptic drugs in the UKen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, ICK: wongick@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1053/seiz.1998.0220en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume8en_HK
dc.identifier.issue1en_HK
dc.identifier.spage35en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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