Assessment and revision of a paediatric mild hearing loss brochure. (2021)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Audiology
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Purpose: This study evaluated, revised, and assessed improvements of a paediatric mild hearing loss brochure for readability and suitability. Method: The brochure was evaluated for readability using three readability formulas: (1) F- K, (2) FOG, and (3) SMOG. Suitability was assessed using the SAM tool. The brochure was then revised using best practice guidelines, then re-evaluated using the same method as for the original. Learner verification was undertaken to ascertain improvements along measures of comprehension, self-efficacy, and preferences by way of an online Qualtrics survey.
Results: Readability assessment of the original brochure indicated that it was written at a level too difficult for its intended recipients. Evaluation of the suitability was determined to be ‘adequate’. Assessment of the revised brochure showed significant improvements in both readability and suitability. Results of statistical testing indicated that there were no significant differences between the original and the revised brochure in terms of comprehension, self- efficacy, and preferences.
Conclusion: Health professionals have a responsibility to ensure that the health education materials provided to parents of children with mild hearing loss are readable, suitable, and promote understanding. To this effect, existing resources should, if indicated, be revised or new resources be developed which support the health literacy of the intended recipients. Further research is needed to identify whether significant improvements can be gained by revising health materials within the field of audiology.