International Journal of Preventive Medicine

BRIEF COMMUNICATION
Year
: 2018  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 77-

Readability of colorectal cancer online information: A brief report


Corey H Basch1, Danna Ethan2, Sarah A MacLean3, Philip Garcia1, Charles E Basch4 
1 Department of Public Health, William Paterson University, Wayne, USA
2 Department of Health Sciences, Lehman College, Bronx, USA
3 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA
4 Department of Health and Behavior Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University, NY, USA

Correspondence Address:
Danna Ethan
Lehman College, CUNY, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Gillet Hall, Rm. 431, Bronx, NY 10956
USA

Purpose: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. A decline in deaths caused by CRC has been largely attributable to screening and prompt treatment. Motivation, shown to influence cancer-related screening and treatment decisions, can be shaped by information from the Internet. The extent to which this information is easily readable on cancer-related websites is not known. The purpose of this study was to assess the readability levels of CRC information on 100 websites. Methods: Using methods from a prior study, the keyword, “colorectal cancer,” was searched on a cleared Internet browser. Scores for each website (n = 100) were generated using five commonly recommended readability tests. Results: All five tests demonstrated difficult readability for the majority of the websites. Conclusions: Online information related to CRC is difficult to read and highlights the need for developing cancer-related online material that is understandable to a wider audience.


How to cite this article:
Basch CH, Ethan D, MacLean SA, Garcia P, Basch CE. Readability of colorectal cancer online information: A brief report.Int J Prev Med 2018;9:77-77


How to cite this URL:
Basch CH, Ethan D, MacLean SA, Garcia P, Basch CE. Readability of colorectal cancer online information: A brief report. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 Jun 3 ];9:77-77
Available from: http://www.ijpvmjournal.net/article.asp?issn=2008-7802;year=2018;volume=9;issue=1;spage=77;epage=77;aulast=Basch;type=0