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Literacy levels required to understand regularly accessed falls prevention websites aimed at the public

Literacy levels required to understand regularly accessed falls prevention websites aimed at the public
Literacy levels required to understand regularly accessed falls prevention websites aimed at the public
Given the extensive costs to individuals and society, the prevention of falls is a major public health policy concern. Older people are increasingly using the Internet to access health-related materials. However, this information needs to be accessible. One quality indicator of accessibility is readability. No other research has assessed the readability of falls prevention websites.
This study aimed to evaluate the readability of frequently accessed English language falls prevention websites offering advice on falls risk and prevention aimed at the public.
Websites were identified using a search strategy and included according to pre-specified criteria. Twenty-four websites were evaluated using two standardised readability indices: the Gunning FOG Index (FOG) and the Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG).
The mean FOG reading grade was 9.92 and the mean SMOG reading grade was 9.68.
The most commonly accessed falls websites are not meeting recommended reading levels for consumer healthcare materials. The construction of falls prevention websites which are accessible to all individuals, including those with lower literacy levels, is essential to increase patient autonomy and prevent widening healthcare inequalities.
accidental falls, internet, patient education materials, reading levels, readability, literacy
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Brooks, Charlotte
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Ballinger, Claire
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Nutbeam, Don
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Brooks, Charlotte
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Ballinger, Claire
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Nutbeam, Don
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Adams, Jo
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Brooks, Charlotte, Ballinger, Claire, Nutbeam, Don and Adams, Jo (2013) Literacy levels required to understand regularly accessed falls prevention websites aimed at the public. Journal of Physical Therapy and Health Promotion, 1 (1), 8-14.

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Abstract

Given the extensive costs to individuals and society, the prevention of falls is a major public health policy concern. Older people are increasingly using the Internet to access health-related materials. However, this information needs to be accessible. One quality indicator of accessibility is readability. No other research has assessed the readability of falls prevention websites.
This study aimed to evaluate the readability of frequently accessed English language falls prevention websites offering advice on falls risk and prevention aimed at the public.
Websites were identified using a search strategy and included according to pre-specified criteria. Twenty-four websites were evaluated using two standardised readability indices: the Gunning FOG Index (FOG) and the Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG).
The mean FOG reading grade was 9.92 and the mean SMOG reading grade was 9.68.
The most commonly accessed falls websites are not meeting recommended reading levels for consumer healthcare materials. The construction of falls prevention websites which are accessible to all individuals, including those with lower literacy levels, is essential to increase patient autonomy and prevent widening healthcare inequalities.

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Published date: 30 December 2013
Keywords: accidental falls, internet, patient education materials, reading levels, readability, literacy
Organisations: Physical & Rehabilitation Health, Professional Practice in Health Sciences, Primary Care & Population Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 361417
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/361417
PURE UUID: 7e44c52b-d704-4c84-8dfc-d6e65e29d333
ORCID for Charlotte Brooks: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4461-1247
ORCID for Jo Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1765-7060

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Date deposited: 23 Jan 2014 10:22
Last modified: 18 May 2019 00:38

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