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Contraception. 2007 Apr;75(4):256-60. Epub 2007 Feb 16.

Consent to Sterilization section of the Medicaid-Title XIX form: is it understandable?

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  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA. nzite@mc.utmck.edu

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

We sought to assess readability and comprehension characteristics of the Consent to Sterilization section of the Medicaid-Title XIX form (Title XIX-SCF) in order to determine if it was likely providing informed consent to the Medicaid population.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

The current Title XIX-SCF was evaluated using the Readability and Processability Form (RPF). The RPF, designed to assess the format of informed consent documents, assigns points to each of 20 areas of comprehension analysis according to established scoring criteria. Finally, a modified Title XIX-SCF was developed and evaluated using the RPF.

RESULTS:

The overall RPF score for the current Title XIX-SCF was in the "poor" range (total=37), while the Fry reading level was at the ninth grade. The modified Title XIX-SCF scored in the "excellent" range (total=92), while the Fry reading level was at the sixth grade.

CONCLUSIONS:

The readability and comprehension demands of the current Title XIX-SCF exceed recommended guidelines for patient education and informed consent materials. The current Title XIX-SCF should be revised to ensure that women understand, desire and consent to permanent sterilization.

PMID:
17362702
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