Review: Readability of online patient education material for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A cross-sectional health literacy study

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Review: Readability of online patient education material for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A cross-sectional health literacy study

Review: Readability of online patient education material for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A cross-sectional health literacy study

This research article concludes that COVID-19 online educational articles are too difficult for laypeople to read and understand.

The readability of educational articles about COVID-19 are too high for the average American to understand. Most online educational materials are written at a high school graduate level or above even though the recommendation for comprehension is the fifth grade reading level or below. Because of this, many people may not be able to read and/or understand vital information that is important for them to know how to protect themselves and to limit the spread of COVID-19.

|2020-06-05T11:24:41-04:00June 5th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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