Navigation Links
College-level documents for 8th grade readers
Date:2/17/2009

Some forty years ago, notions of informed consent and autonomy were first officially endorsed and the concept of patients' rights emerged. In 1990, a condition of hospital accreditation was to inform every patient about their rights. Then in 2001, the US House of Representatives and US Senate passed bills to create a Federal Patients' Bill of Rights (PBOR). Many states now have Patients' Bill of Rights laws in place.

Ironically, these efforts to progress patients' rights are being held back by the use of overly complex language which far exceeds patients' average reading capacity, which is at the 8th grade level. Paasche-Orlow and his team analyzed PBOR statutes for general patient populations in 23 states and 240 hospital PBOR documents from 50 states. They assessed their readability by looking at a combination of reading level, complexity of sentences and vocabulary, and quality of writing style.

The hospital PBOR documents had an average readability at the level of the second year of college. In the nine states that stipulate that PBOR texts are to be distributed to patients, the average reading grade level of the materials was that of a college junior. Not only was the language patients are presented with extremely complex, it was also usually exclusively in English.

These findings show that an advanced college reading level is routinely required to read PBOR documents. Bearing in mind that the average reading level of an American adult is 8th grade, it is clear that the written information patients are given in US hospitals far exceeds their reading capacity.

The authors highlight several reasons why clinicians and patient advocates should be concerned about the readability and accessibility of the language in PBOR documents. In essence, giving patients unreadable legal jargon is a missed opportunity to present the patient care mission in a clear manner.

Paasche-Orlow concludes that: "Patients' rights statutes
'/>"/>

Contact: Renate Bayaz
renate.bayaz@springer.com
49-622-148-78531
Springer
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Study documents rapid increase in youth bipolar disorder diagnoses
2. Tourtellotte Solutions Fusion DMC(TM) Unifies the World of Bio-Pharma Documents
3. Key Vioxx Research Was Written by Merck, Documents Allege
4. New IRC Study Documents Role of Chiropractors in Minnesotas No-Fault Auto Insurance System
5. Town Hall Meeting on Inequities in Clinical Trials Documents Ongoing Tuskegee Effect When Recruiting Minorities for Research Studies
6. China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread
7. RadPharm Finds Cure to Efficiently Manage Regulated Documents with EMC
8. Finasteride unlikely to induce high grade prostate cancers
9. 24 Hour Fitness Gives The Biggest Loser High-Tech Upgrade
10. Study Downgrades Gene as Heart Risk Factor
11. Would Your Home Receive a Passing Grade in Health Care Check-Up?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/28/2014)... 2014 A leading proposal to temporarily ... trust fund by reallocating payroll taxes has virtually no ... The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) . Less ... from the Social Security retirement trust fund to pay ... disability program’s financing. “TSCL believes this ‘band aid’ approach ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... The “Tissue Diagnostics Market by ... & Workflow, Special Staining), Disease (Breast Cancer, ... Cell Lung Cancer and Others), Product (Instruments ... Laboratories, Contract Research Organizations and Others) & ... & RoW) - Trends & Forecast to ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... A January 2013 study published ... in those who were self-diagnosed gluten-intolerant yielded little verifiable ... for San Diego health and wellness retreat VeraVia ... those who are unclear about the role gluten plays ... a protein, found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 28, ... milliseconds to look at someone,s face and judge them good-looking ... certain facial features seem to trigger specific first impressions about ... the mouth, for example, appear directly linked to whether someone ... The study findings suggest that first impressions are fairly ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... Shofner Vision Center recently wrapped ... Renowned LASIK and Cataract Surgeon, Dr. Stewart Shofner ... and public awareness for local not-for-profit organizations that ... their families. “This was our 2nd annual summer ... to a variety of local not-for-profit organizations who ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:The Senior Citizens League Finds No Support Among Seniors for Likely Disability Trust Fund Fix 2Health News:The Senior Citizens League Finds No Support Among Seniors for Likely Disability Trust Fund Fix 3Health News:Advanced Cancer Diagnostics Market Worth $3,924.01 Million by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Health News:Advanced Cancer Diagnostics Market Worth $3,924.01 Million by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Health News:Advanced Cancer Diagnostics Market Worth $3,924.01 Million by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Health News:Advanced Cancer Diagnostics Market Worth $3,924.01 Million by 2018 - New Report by MarketsandMarkets 5Health News:VeraVia Explains the Basics of Gluten-Intolerance Following Industry Study 2Health News:VeraVia Explains the Basics of Gluten-Intolerance Following Industry Study 3Health News:Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions 2Health News:Facial Dimensions May Be Key to First Impressions 3Health News:Shofner Vision Center’s “Operation Military June” Provided Funds For Local Not-For-Profit Organizations Supporting Military And Their Families 2Health News:Shofner Vision Center’s “Operation Military June” Provided Funds For Local Not-For-Profit Organizations Supporting Military And Their Families 3
... CHICAGO Jorge Sobenes is a husband and father who loves ... he went from enjoying his favorite foods to not being able ... and difficulty swallowing. He lost 40 pounds and was desperate ... the esophagus is unable to move food into the stomach, and ...
... with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is achievable using 90Y-resin ... across Europe showed that the procedure is likely ... including patients with advanced liver cancer and with ... to dateare published in the September issue of ...
... -- An experimental drug that,s shown promise against ovarian cancer ... also be effective against ovarian cancer not caused by those ... the activity of a protein called poly ADP ribose polymerase ... repair. Clinical trials of olaparib in patients with BRCA 1 ...
... HealthDay Reporter , MONDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) -- ... also appears linked to a decline in mammograms, new research ... 50 to 64 reduced their hormone therapy use from 41 ... study lead author Nancy Breen, an economist with the U.S. ...
... can act as "weight shocks," leading people to add a few ... to a new study. But when it comes to large ... men than they are for women. For men, the risk ... But for women, the risk of a large weight gain was ...
... HealthDay Reporter , SATURDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Working ... stay-at-home moms, a new study finds. However, working moms ... about how easy it will be to balance work and ... counterparts. , , Researchers analyzed survey results from 1,600 married ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Incisionless surgery now available as an investigational treatment for esophageal disorder 2Health News:Radioembolization improves chance of survival for liver cancer patients 2Health News:Trial Drug Shows Preliminary Promise Against Ovarian Cancer 2Health News:Decline in Hormone Therapy Linked to Fewer Mammograms 2Health News:Large weight gains most likely for men after divorce, women after marriage 2Health News:Large weight gains most likely for men after divorce, women after marriage 3Health News:Trying to Be 'Supermom' Can Raise Risk for Depression 2Health News:Trying to Be 'Supermom' Can Raise Risk for Depression 3
(Date:7/29/2014)... , July 29, 2014   ... II study investigating the efficacy and safety of MSB0010718C in ... is a rare and aggressive skin cancer lacking effective treatments   ... seven cohort Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of ... EMD Serono, Inc., a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... -- Pharmacyclics, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: PCYC ) ... audio webcast to discuss financial results for the second quarter ... 31, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Conference ... 31, 2014 Time: 4:30 PM ET Listen via Internet: ... A webcast replay will be available on the Pharmacyclics ...
(Date:7/28/2014)... FRANCISCO , July 28, 2014  Dignity ... it has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke ... improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American ... Stroke is the number four cause of death ... the United States , according ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:EMD Serono Initiates Phase II Study of Anti-PD-L1 Antibody MSB0010718C in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma 2EMD Serono Initiates Phase II Study of Anti-PD-L1 Antibody MSB0010718C in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma 3EMD Serono Initiates Phase II Study of Anti-PD-L1 Antibody MSB0010718C in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma 4EMD Serono Initiates Phase II Study of Anti-PD-L1 Antibody MSB0010718C in Metastatic Merkel Cell Carcinoma 5Pharmacyclics Announces Date of Conference call to discuss Financial Results for Second Quarter of 2014 2Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care 2Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center Honored with Quality Achievement Award for Stroke Care 3
... 17 Mach 7 Technologies, a global provider of ... product distribution agreement with Data Distributing, an international leader ... the medical industry. Under the terms of the agreement, ... an Enterprise Image Management Platform, in the United States. ...
... , , ALISO VIEJO, Calif., Nov. ... executives from over 425 companies to discuss promising technology and ... the 4th Annual CA Medical Device & Investor Forum. ... from the biggest M&A transactions in Orange County history discussed ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Mach 7 Technologies and Data Distributing Sign Agreement for U.S. Distribution of Enterprise Image Management Solutions 2OCTANe's Medical Device & Investor Forum Highlights Key Trends, Investment Opportunities 2
This is adapted to microplate or card....
Bio-Rad's ScanGel® cards for blood typing provide standardized protocols for all the cards: same incubation time (if required), same centrifugation time and speed....
Bio-Rad's ScanGel® cards for ABO reverse grouping, antibody screening and crossmatching include - ScanGel Neutral, ScanGel Coombs, Anti-IgG, -C3d (AHG), ScanGel Coombs + Neutral, ScanGel Anti-Ig...
... cell accommodates up to 12 large slab ... in the PROTEAN IEF system, for high-throughput ... PROTEAN Plus Dodeca cell's cooling and recirculating ... consistent, high-resolution results. The handcasting system includes ...
Medicine Products: