An evaluation of the readability and suitability of online hearing-related health information in traditional Chinese. (2021)
Type of ContentTheses / Dissertations
Degree NameMaster of Audiology
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury
Purpose: This study aimed to determine the readability and suitability of online hearing-related health information in traditional Chinese (TC) and to compare the readability and suitability between the TC and English materials available on the same websites.
Methods: The reading grade level of 17 selected websites, detailing the same hearing-related health information in TC and English, was assessed via the Chinese Readability Index Explorer (CRIE) for TC language, and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level and Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) for English. Then, the suitability of the webpages was rated using the Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM).
Results: Online hearing-related health information in TC was significantly easier to read than the information written in English. More than 70% of the hearing-related health webpages provided information in TC that was written below the recommended 6th Reading Grade Level (RGL), whereas all the information in English was written above the 6th RGL. Overall, the suitability level of the online hearing-related health information in both languages was rated as ‘adequate’.
Conclusion: A majority of the online hearing-related health information in TC language is readable and appropriate for the public. Yet, improvements still can be made to improve the quality of the current online hearing-related health information in TC. Future research may include utilizing the Cloze Test for testing TC readability, developing specific suitability assessments for evaluating online materials, and assessing the accuracy of online hearing-related health information in TC.
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