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Am J Public Health. 1994 January; 84(1): 119–121.
PMCID: PMC1614927

Educating patients with limited literacy skills: the effectiveness of printed and videotaped materials about colon cancer.


We investigated whether printed or videotaped information is more effective in enhancing colon cancer knowledge. Subjects (n = 1100) were randomized into three groups: to receive a booklet, view a videotape, or receive no intervention. Subjects receiving the intervention showed increased knowledge compared with control subjects (booklet = 23% and videotape = 26% vs no intervention = 3%). Findings suggest that personalized educational materials are effective in enhancing colon cancer knowledge.

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