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ERIC Number: EJ794038
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 5
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 17
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-1944
Readability of Health Sites on the Internet
Gottlieb, Rosemary; Rogers, Janet L.
International Electronic Journal of Health Education, v7 p38-42 2004
Literacy in the United States is a widespread problem. There are many Americans who do not have the ability to read at a level above the ninth grade. Today's technological advances have resulted in more information being placed on the Internet. Consequently, the same individuals who had a limited capacity to read information from traditional sources will have similar difficulties reading information on the Internet. This study examined three well-known Internet sites for readability. Results of the study indicated that the average reading level for all three sites exceeded the level intended for public consumption of written information. Results of the study indicate that health educators need to be aware of the reading levels of the health information they are placing on the Internet. If the level of health information material is above the comprehension level of the general public, many individuals will be at a disadvantage in comprehending health information required to make personal health decisions. (Contains 2 tables.) [Abstract is provided in both English and Spanish.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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