An Analysis of Volunteer Age and Level of Education on Performance in Ã¢ÂÂReadabilityÃ¢ÂÂ Testing for Patient Information Leaflets (PILs)Craig S. Foster*
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Columbia University, Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research, Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy, New York, USA
- *Corresponding Author:
- Craig S. Foster
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director of Clinical Cardiovascular Research
Center for Interventional Vascular Therapy
New York, USA
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 27, 2012; Accepted date: August 14, 2012; Published date: August 18, 2012
Citation: Foster CS (2012) An Analysis of Volunteer Age and Level of Education on Performance in ‘Readability’ Testing for Patient Information Leaflets (PILs). J Health Med Inform 4:115. doi: 10.4172/2157-7420.1000115
Copyright: © 2012 Foster CS. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The success and safety of a medicine depends on the clarity and completeness of information given with it. Since July 2005 it has been a requirement in the EU that PILs ‘shall reflect the results of consultations with target patient groups to ensure that it is legible, clear and easy to use’. The ‘User Test’ or Readability Test has been the method of choice for most pharmaceutical companies to fulfil this requirement.