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Exam for I Can't Understand Your Information Sheet, Doc - Exam 52

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Description: Patients are provided limited-reach media materials, such as information sheets and pamphlets, as reinforcement of information when the oral healthcare professional is no longer face-to-face. Patients are more likely to use the printed information if text complexity and reader’s ability match, or if their need to know the content provokes an urge to read. A number of researchers have developed readability tests. This study used the Fry Readability Graph to plot the results of three independent raters’ averages of the number of sentences and the words (syllables) of continuous (prose) and non-continuous (matrix-style) pre-selected passages from several reputable sources. These limited-reach materials are frequently used in academic institutions’ community engagement efforts. Several of the limited-reach materials we studied were ranked above the fifth-grade reading level, so consideration must be given to future distribution of these documents in communities where the average reading proficiency is lower. Several limitations, such as the quality of illustrations and measuring the reading level of individuals, were not investigated and must be considered as the authors continue to distribute literature in certain urban and suburban locales. This study is the genesis of an academic institution’s community engagement efforts to provide information to clinicians and improve its outreach distribution of limited-reach media for patients who have varying levels of general and health literacy backgrounds.

1. The majority of the 23 health information documents examined in this study had a reading grade level of College:

a. True
b. False

2. At what level did the National Adult Literacy Survey determine in 1992, that 50% of adults read at or below:

a. 12th grade
b. 5th grade
c. 3rd grade
d. 8th grade

3. The underserved populations are recognized as patients with family incomes below which of the following percent of the federal poverty level:

a. 75%
b. 100%
c. 200%
d. 250%

4. The readability of the health-information documents examined in this study:

a. Was not assessed by actually measuring the ability of individuals in the population to read the documents
b. Was assessed by actually measuring the ability of individuals in the population to read the documents
c. Was assessed by tracking follow up dental appointments for each patient
d. Was assessed by surveys two weeks after providing the documents

5. Limited-reach media distributed in dental offices for the purposes of enhancing the oral health of patients belongs to which delivery format:

a. Informational
b. Prescription
c. Contractual
d. All of the above