OBJECTIVES: 1) To identify the extent and the nature of information pamphlets available for asthmatic and diabetic patients in secondary care hospitals in Milan; 2) To investigate what patients think about the quality of pamphlets using a questionnaire developed ad hoc. METHODS: Pamphlets have been identified by contacting 8 specialised ambulatory hospitals. The questionnaire was developed to achieve a quality rate in 3 dimensions of the materials (Style and readability, The condition and Treatment options). Patients were recluted in the same ambulatory hospital. RESULTS: 4 ambulatory hospitals and 40 patients agreed to participate in our survey. We identified 8 pamphlets (5 diabetes, 3 asthma). 6 of these have been promoted byfarmaceutical companies. The mean length was 31 pages and the issue most covered was treatment options (33% of pages dedicated). 30 pages (12% of the total) presented with publicity advertisements (6% direct and 6% indirect). The dimension with the best satisfaction rate was Condition, followed by Style and readability. CONCLUSIONS: In Milan, in secondary care asthmatic and diabetic patients, are often invited to consult pamphlets. They positively judged this material. During the study ambulatory physicians were poorly attentive about problems concerning patient access to information.
|Translated title of the contribution||Communicating with patients: how good are our pamphlets and other written materials? An evaluation of the quality of the written information available to patients with asthma and diabetes in out-patients' clinics in Milan|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Annali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunità|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|