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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31 Suppl 1:S79-84.

Are instructions for over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products readable?

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University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Knoxville, TN 37920, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine readability characteristics of step-by-step directions presented in "How to Use" sections of over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products.

METHODS:

Step-by-step directions of all (n=6) currently available OTC NRTs were assessed on reading grade level, text point size, dimensions, and illustrations.

RESULTS:

The mean readability was at grade level 10.5+/-0.8, whereas the average text point size was 9.2+/-1.3. Two OTC NRT products provided illustrations to supplement step-by-step directions.

CONCLUSION:

As currently presented, the readability characteristics of "How to Use" sections of OTC NRTs do not facilitate consumer understanding.

PMID:
17931140
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S79
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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