Can the written information to research subjects be improved? - An empirical study

Else Bjørn, Peter Rossel, Soøren Holm

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Abstract

Objectives: To study whether linguistic analysis and changes in information leaflets can improve readability and understanding. Design: Randomised, controlled study. Two information leaflets concerned with trials of drugs for conditions/diseases which are commonly known were modified, and the original was tested against the revised version. Setting: Denmark. Participants: 235 persons in the relevant age groups. Main measures: Readability and understanding of the contents. Results: Both readability and understanding of contents was improved: readability with regard to both information leaflets and understanding with regard to one of the leaflets. Conclusion: The results show that both readability and understanding can be improved by increased attention to the linguistic features of the information.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-267
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume25
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Patient information language
  • Research ethics

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