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Literacy levels required to complete routinely used patient-reported outcome measures in rheumatology

Literacy levels required to complete routinely used patient-reported outcome measures in rheumatology
Literacy levels required to complete routinely used patient-reported outcome measures in rheumatology
Objective. To assess the reading levels required to complete patient-reported outcome measures (PROs)
commonly used in rheumatology clinical and research settings.
Methods. Ten PROs written in English were evaluated. Four reviewers critiqued each measure blindly
using two standardized readability indexes and a final readability score for each PRO was agreed.
Results. Only six of the PROs met the recommended reading level for health education literature.
Conclusion. Many people completing PROs will not be able to understand what they are answering and
will be unable to give an accurate perspective on their condition.
Key words: patient-reported outcome measures, reading levels, literacy, FOG Index.
1462-0324
Adams, J.
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Chapman, Judith
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Bradley, Sarah
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Ryan, Sarah Jane
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Adams, J.
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Chapman, Judith
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Bradley, Sarah
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Ryan, Sarah Jane
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Adams, J., Chapman, Judith, Bradley, Sarah and Ryan, Sarah Jane (2012) Literacy levels required to complete routinely used patient-reported outcome measures in rheumatology. Rheumatology.

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Abstract

Objective. To assess the reading levels required to complete patient-reported outcome measures (PROs)
commonly used in rheumatology clinical and research settings.
Methods. Ten PROs written in English were evaluated. Four reviewers critiqued each measure blindly
using two standardized readability indexes and a final readability score for each PRO was agreed.
Results. Only six of the PROs met the recommended reading level for health education literature.
Conclusion. Many people completing PROs will not be able to understand what they are answering and
will be unable to give an accurate perspective on their condition.
Key words: patient-reported outcome measures, reading levels, literacy, FOG Index.

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Published date: 31 October 2012
Organisations: Physical & Rehabilitation Health

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Local EPrints ID: 346866
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/346866
ISSN: 1462-0324
PURE UUID: a69bb412-90d2-44ce-9c2b-2ec07fc0b9b4
ORCID for J. Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1765-7060

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2013 11:35
Last modified: 18 May 2019 00:38

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