Are instructions for over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products readable?

Amy Barger-Stevens, Kelly S. McDaniel, Elbert D. Glover, Lorraine S. Wallace

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Abstract

Objective: To examine readability characteristics of step-by-step directions presented in "How to Use" sections of over-the-counter (OTC) nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products. Methods: Step-by-step directions of all (n=6) currently available OTC NRTs were assessed on reading grade level, text point size, dimensions, and illustrations. Results: The mean readability was at grade level 10.510.8, whereas the average text point size was 9.2±1.3. Two OTC NRT products provided illustrations to supplement step-by-step directions. Conclusion: As currently presented, the readability characteristics of "How to Use" sections of OTC NRTs do not facilitate consumer understanding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume31
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Are instructions for over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products readable? / Barger-Stevens, Amy; McDaniel, Kelly S.; Glover, Elbert D.; Wallace, Lorraine S.

In: American Journal of Health Behavior, Vol. 31, No. SUPPL. 1, 01.09.2007.

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Barger-Stevens, Amy ; McDaniel, Kelly S. ; Glover, Elbert D. ; Wallace, Lorraine S. / Are instructions for over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapy products readable?. In: American Journal of Health Behavior. 2007 ; Vol. 31, No. SUPPL. 1.
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