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Readability and content of postoperative tonsillectomy instructions given to patients in Scotland, a completed audit cycle.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scottish medical journal
Publication Date
Volume
57
Issue
1
Pages
4–7
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1258/smj.2011.011184
PMID: 22194401
Source
Medline
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Abstract

The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the recommendations and interventions of the 2003 audit of 'readability and content of postoperative tonsillectomy instructions, given to patients in Scotland'. A two-cycle audit of readability and content of postoperative tonsillectomy instructions was undertaken. All National Health Service (NHS) hospital wards and associated Otolaryngology Departments in Scotland where tonsillectomies were being performed were contacted. Interventions following the first cycle included the mailing copies of original audit results and conclusions to all ear, nose and throat wards in Scotland, presentation at a National Meeting and publication of results in a peer reviewed journal. While changes had occurred in 61% of the information sheets, and with six of the 31 (19%) postoperative information sheets now being written at or below the recommended reading level, the average reading grade/age required to understand these information sheets still remains above those recommended by patient education experts. In conclusion, the majority of postoperative tonsillectomy information sheets in Scotland remain written at a level above those recommended by patient education experts. The interventions undertaken in this audit were of limited success. The ENT-UK Tonsillectomy Information sheets (2006) are written at reasonable reading levels, have good content levels and we continue to recommend these information sheets.

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