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August 1989

For Our Patients: Macular Degeneration and For Our Patients: Diabetic Retinopathy

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Tampa, Fla

Arch Ophthalmol. 1989;107(8):1127. doi:10.1001/archopht.1989.01070020193020

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Abstract

It is encouraging to find a growing number of publications dedicated to patient education, particularly when the subjects deal with complicated chronic disease, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.

Drs Schatz and McDonald have written two attractive booklets dealing with the vicissitudes of age-related macular disease and diabetic retinopathy. Each 8 × 8-in booklet is printed on glossy paper using a bold typeface. A large number of professional illustrations and fundus photographs complement the text, which is divided into two parts: a monograph describing the disease, its diagnosis, and treatment, and a question-and-answer section. According to my calculations using the SMOG readability formula (Pretesting in Health Communications, National Institutes of Health publication 84-1493), the text is written on a 12th-grade level. I estimate that a person with this level of education should be able to completely read each booklet in 25 to 45 minutes.

"... publications dedicated to patient

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