Readability, content, and quality of online patient education materials on preeclampsia

Elizabeth M.S. Lange*, Anuj M. Shah, Brian A. Braithwaite, Whitney B. You, Cynthia A. Wong, William A. Grobman, Paloma Toledo

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Abstract

Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the readability, content, and quality of patient education materials addressing preeclampsia. Methods: Websites of U.S. obstetrics and gynecology residency programs were searched for patient education materials. Readability, content, and quality were assessed. A one-sample t-test was used to evaluate mean readability level compared with the recommended 6th grade reading level. Results: Mean readability levels were higher using all indices (p < 0.001). Content was variable with good website understandability, but poor actionability. Conclusions: The mean readability was above the recommended 6th grade reading level. The content, readability, and actionability of preeclampsia patient education materials should be improved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-390
Number of pages8
JournalHypertension in Pregnancy
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 3 2015

Keywords

  • Internet
  • Preeclampsia
  • patient education materials
  • readability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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