Readability Resources

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Readability describes the ease with which a document can be read.  

 

The Principles of Readability 

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PRISM Readability Toolkit

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Readability Formulas 

Reading grade level is part of the process of making a document easy to read. Readability formulas are used to help assess the reading difficulty, which has to do with such factors as the number of syllables in a word and the number of sentences in a paragraph.

 

Using Readability Formulas 

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Using Readability Formulas: A Cautionary Note 

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Flesch-Kincaid in Microsoft Word 

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Fog Index

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Fog Index Online Calculator 

Fry Graph

Fry Graph.pdf Fry Graph.pdf
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Using Fry’s Readability Graph 

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SMOG (by hand - long method)

SMOG BY HAND - long method.pdf SMOG BY HAND - long method.pdf
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SMOG (by hand - conversion table method) 

SMOG BY HAND - conversion table method.pdf SMOG BY HAND - conversion table method.pdf
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SMOG (by hand - conversion table method - example) 

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SMOG (by hand - short method)

SMOG BY HAND - short method.pdf SMOG BY HAND - short method.pdf
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SMOG (by hand - short method - example) 

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SMOG Online Calculator 

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Plain Language Resources  

Writing in “plain language” simply means presenting information that is clear, to the point, and directed to the target audience. This is also a good strategy to improve health literacy. 

 

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Health Literacy Recommendations 

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Health Literacy Checklist

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Plain Language Checklist 1 

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Plain Language Checklist 2 

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Plain Writing Principles Checklist 

Plain Writing Principles Checklist.pdf Plain Writing Principles Checklist.pdf
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Plain Language Audit 

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Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications 

Plain Language Alternatives for Patient Information and Consent Materials 

Working with Plain Language: A Training Manual 

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Design Resources

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Well-chosen fonts, using shorter line lengths, and including generous margins and white space in a document make it easier to read. These and other design elements control the legibility of a document, which is part of its overall readability. 

 

Design Readability Scorecard 

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Improving Readability by Design (PowerPoint presentation) 

Improving Readability by Design (Notes to the PowerPoint Presentation) 

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A Simple Experiment with Fonts

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Articles  

Improving Readability by Design Toolkit (Article Interview)

For easy-to-read handouts - take layout into account 

It takes two 

It takes two.pdf It takes two.pdf
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A Tale of Two Handouts - Applying Health Literacy Recommendations 

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Writing Guides and Design Manuals 

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Design Resources for Websites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) has written a research-based how-to guide for creating health Web sites and Web content for the millions of Americans with limited literacy skills and limited experience using the Web. The strategies in this guide complement accepted principles of good Web design and thus have the potential to improve the online experience for all users, regardless of literacy skills.

 

Health Literacy Online: A guide to writing and designing easy-to-use health Web sites 

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If you have any questions or need more information about health literacy, plain language, readability and design of health information and patient education materials, please contact me.

 

 

 

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