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Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Subjects

Facial bones -- Abnormalities, Patient education, Cleft palate -- Patients, Preoperative education -- Methodology, Speech pathology, Health literacy

Department

Speech and Hearing Sciences

Advisor

Brandon Eddy

Student Level

Masters

Abstract

Informational handouts are essential in providing education to families of patients born with a craniofacial disorder. The American Medical Association recommends informational handouts be written at the sixth-grade reading level due to the average adult literacy level. No studies to date have evaluated the readability of handouts provided at an initial consult. This study evaluated the readability of informational handouts given to patients and families at their initial visit with an ACPA-approved teams within the United States. All 182 ACPA-approved teams were contacted via email and phone. Twenty-five ACPA-approved teams provided handouts delivered to families at their initial consult. These handouts were analyzed using various readability scales. Handouts with fewer than 30 sentences of content were excluded from analysis. All participating teams utilized ACPA handouts, and ten teams created their own additional handouts. Preliminary analyses of 26 handouts from one team suggested readability ranging from 7th grade to college reading levels. The full results of this study will be presented at the Portland State University Research Symposium. Findings from this study may encourage ACPA-approved teams to review handouts to ensure the readability is at or below a sixth-grade reading level.

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Readability of Informational Handouts Given to Families of Patients with Craniofacial Differences at their Initial Visit

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Readability of Informational Handouts Provided to Families of Patients with Craniofacial Differences at their Initial Clinic Visit

Informational handouts are essential in providing education to families of patients born with a craniofacial disorder. The American Medical Association recommends informational handouts be written at the sixth-grade reading level due to the average adult literacy level. No studies to date have evaluated the readability of handouts provided at an initial consult. This study evaluated the readability of informational handouts given to patients and families at their initial visit with an ACPA-approved teams within the United States. All 182 ACPA-approved teams were contacted via email and phone. Twenty-five ACPA-approved teams provided handouts delivered to families at their initial consult. These handouts were analyzed using various readability scales. Handouts with fewer than 30 sentences of content were excluded from analysis. All participating teams utilized ACPA handouts, and ten teams created their own additional handouts. Preliminary analyses of 26 handouts from one team suggested readability ranging from 7th grade to college reading levels. The full results of this study will be presented at the Portland State University Research Symposium. Findings from this study may encourage ACPA-approved teams to review handouts to ensure the readability is at or below a sixth-grade reading level.