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A method to evaluate patient information leaflets
Östergötlands Läns Landsting.
Apoteket AB.
Örebro University.
NEPI Foundation.
2003 (English)In: Drug information journal, ISSN 0092-8615, Vol. 37, no 1, 115-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to develop a useful method for evaluating patient information leaflets by comparing the result of expert and patient evaluations. The hypothesis was that if there was a correlation between the results of these evaluations it would be acceptable to only do expert review for patient information leaflets currently in use. Experts and patients examined patient information leaflets from 30 common medicines, following European Union Directive 92/27 EEC, which outlined the legal requirements for patient information leaflets. The scoring system allowed a direct comparison between the outcomes of expert and patient examinations. We found a significant correlation between the expert and patient examinations of the content of the patient information leaflets. We conclude that patient information leaflets that score above average on the expert examination of content (ie, adherence to the directive) will also score above the average on the patient examination.

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2003. Vol. 37, no 1, 115-125 p.
Keyword [en]
patient information leaflets, readability, comprehensibility
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-48683OAI: diva2:269579
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2012-01-07

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