Readability of online patient education materials for juvenile dermatomyositis

Melissa A. Nickles, Santhoshini L. Ramani, Kyle Tegtmeyer, Jeffrey Zhao, Peter A. Lio*

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this study, we sought to analyze the readability of online patient education materials (PEMs) related to juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM). We analyzed the top 100 Google results and using six different readability scores, found 53 PEMs which had an average grade reading level of 17.4 (graduate level). PEMs by health care providers were written at higher grade levels than those by non-health care providers. Our findings demonstrate a clear need for online JDM PEMs that are written at an appropriate reading level and can be comprehended by patients and families of all levels of health literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-546
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • Automated Readability Index
  • Coleman-Liau Index
  • Flesch Reading Ease
  • Flesch-Kincaid Grade level
  • Gunning Fog
  • Linear Write Formula
  • SMOG Index
  • inflammatory disorders
  • juvenile dermatomyositis
  • readability
  • skin signs of systemic disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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