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Am J Public Health. 1989 Feb;79(2):204-6.

Patient literacy and the readability of smoking education literature.

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  • 1School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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  • Am J Public Health 1989 Jun;79(6):702.


This study was designed to determine if primary care clinic patients read at a level congruent to the reading grade level of available smoking literature. Reading estimates of smoking education literature (N = 49) ranged from grade 3 to college level (median = 9.5). Reading skills of 258 smoking patients were estimated by reported years of schooling (median = 10), and by scores on the Wide-Range Achievement Test (median = 6). A serious disparity existed between the reading estimates of smoking education literature and the literacy skills of patients in our sample.

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