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Readability assessment of concussion and traumatic brain injury publications by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal of General Medicine, November 2012
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Title
Readability assessment of concussion and traumatic brain injury publications by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Published in
International Journal of General Medicine, November 2012
DOI 10.2147/ijgm.s37110
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Authors

Preetinder Gill, Tejkaran Singh Gill, Ashwini Kamath, Whisnant

Abstract

Health literacy is associated with a person's capacity to find, access, contextualize, and understand information needed for health care-related decisions. The level of health literacy thus has an influence on an individual's health status. It can be argued that low health literacy is associated with poor health status. Health care literature (eg, pamphlets, brochures, postcards, posters, forms) are published by public and private organizations worldwide to provide information to the general public. The ability to read, use, and understand is critical to the successful application of knowledge disseminated by this literature. This study assessed the readability, suitability, and usability of health care literature associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, Flesch Reading Ease, Gunning Fog, Simple Measure of Gobbledygook, and Suitability Assessment of Materials indices were used to assess 40 documents obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. The documents analyzed were targeted towards the general public. It was found that in order to be read properly, on average, these documents needed more than an eleventh grade/high school level education. This was consistent with the findings of other similar studies. However, the qualitative Suitability Assessment of Materials index showed that, on average, usability and suitability of these documents was superior. Hence, it was concluded that formatting, illustrations, layout, and graphics play a pivotal role in improving health care-related literature and, in turn, promoting health literacy. Based on the comprehensive literature review and assessment of the 40 documents associated with concussion and traumatic brain injury, recommendations have been made for improving the readability, suitability, and usability of health care-related documents. The recommendations are presented in the form of an incremental improvement process cycle and a list of dos and don'ts.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 2%
Unknown 46 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 11 23%
Student > Master 9 19%
Researcher 5 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 5 11%
Librarian 4 9%
Other 8 17%
Unknown 5 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 11 23%
Social Sciences 6 13%
Nursing and Health Professions 6 13%
Sports and Recreations 5 11%
Psychology 3 6%
Other 6 13%
Unknown 10 21%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 January 2013.
All research outputs
#4,635,947
of 17,530,453 outputs
Outputs from International Journal of General Medicine
#138
of 599 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#38,689
of 160,795 outputs
Outputs of similar age from International Journal of General Medicine
#3
of 16 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 17,530,453 research outputs across all sources so far. This one has received more attention than most of these and is in the 73rd percentile.
So far Altmetric has tracked 599 research outputs from this source. They typically receive more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 9.0. This one has done well, scoring higher than 76% of its peers.
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We're also able to compare this research output to 16 others from the same source and published within six weeks on either side of this one. This one has done well, scoring higher than 87% of its contemporaries.