Evaluation and revision of a tinnitus brochure.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Audiology
Aims: The purpose of this study was to evaluate and revise a tinnitus brochure, with the goal being that the revised material show improvement. The evaluation phase of this study aimed to answer two research questions: a) What is the reading grade level (RGL) of a tinnitus information brochure that is provided to tinnitus patients at an audiology clinic? b) What is the suitability of a tinnitus information brochure that is provided to tinnitus patients at an audiology clinic? The revision phase of this study aimed to address the following hypotheses: a) The revised tinnitus brochure will have a readability level no greater than the sixth RGL. b) The revised tinnitus brochure will have a Suitability Assessment of Materials (SAM) score > 39%. c) Participants will indicate that the revised brochure does not require further revision. Method: To address the first aim, a tinnitus brochure was evaluated in terms of readability and suitability, using standardised measures. The brochure was further evaluated using learner verification, whereby a group of participants who experience tinnitus were interviewed about the material. To address the second aim, the brochure underwent a revision process to achieve adequate readability and suitability, while observing best practice guidelines and taking into account participants’ opinions. Following revision, the same participants were interviewed a second time about the revised material. Results: Readability and suitability results indicated that the brochure was difficult to read and was not suitable for its intended audience. Participants provided several suggestions for improvement during the first interview session, from which the author identified eight general themes with 16 sub-topics. Post-revision analysis demonstrated that the revised brochure showed improved readability and suitability. At the second interview session, participants endorsed the revised brochure. Conclusion: It is important to provide tinnitus sufferers with information that is easily understood, has clear purpose, and presents low-cost strategies. Clinicians can assess the materials they provide to patients and engage in revision using best-practice guidelines for improving readability and suitability. When tinnitus patients are given high-quality information about tinnitus, they have a better chance at improved health outcomes.