Consumer Literacy and the Readability of Health Education Materials Written materials about communication sciences and disorders frequently are used for patient intake, prevention, community education, counseling, subject recruitment for research, therapy activities, assessment procedures, and treatment monitoring. In order to increase the effectiveness of print material, one must consider the interactive nature of the reading process between the reader ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2011
Consumer Literacy and the Readability of Health Education Materials
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  • Silvia Martinez
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Howard University, Washington, DC
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Normal Language Processing / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2011
Consumer Literacy and the Readability of Health Education Materials
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2011, Vol. 18, 20-26. doi:10.1044/cds18.1.20
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2011, Vol. 18, 20-26. doi:10.1044/cds18.1.20

Written materials about communication sciences and disorders frequently are used for patient intake, prevention, community education, counseling, subject recruitment for research, therapy activities, assessment procedures, and treatment monitoring. In order to increase the effectiveness of print material, one must consider the interactive nature of the reading process between the reader and the written material. Therefore, to increase understandability, settings should consider the reading and cognitive skills of consumers, as well as the surface, deep, and design elements in materials.

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