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Table 4 SAM scores, word count, and readability level by handout topic

From: Readability of patient education materials in ophthalmology: a single-institution study and systematic review

  SAM Score Word Count Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Flesch Reading Ease Score
Handout Topic Original Revised Original Revised Original Revised Original Revised
Acute Glaucoma 51 % 91 % 251 212 8.6 5 60 75
Advice for Family Members 63 % 93 % 583 326 11.4 6.3 46.2 66.5
Chronic Angle Closure Glaucoma 54 % 83 % 358 223 10.8 4.6 53.4 79.1
Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Patients 55 % 89 % 844 632 9.5 7.3 55.8 63.7
Glaucoma Medications 63 % 88 % 833 550 10.4 6.5 52.8 70.1
Overview of the Glaucoma Team 50 % 84 % 689 559 12 8.2 42.2 59.1
What You Should Know Before Glaucoma Surgery 59 % 88 % 733 643 11.7 7.2 43.6 64.7
What You Need to Know After Glaucoma Surgery 70 % 89 % 775 507 9.3 4.8 58.2 76.4
What to Expect from Glaucoma Surgery 72 % 86 % 654 608 9.3 6.9 56 65.9
“Top Ten” for Glaucoma Patients 69 % 81 % 494 489 6.6 5.8 69.4 72.4
What to Expect on Your Visit 54 % 94 % 694 717 11.8 8.3 44.3 59.2
When to Call Your Eye Doctor 57 % 89 % 335 391 8.9 6.4 58.2 67
Average: 60 % 88 % 604 488 10 6.4 53 68
Standard Deviation: 7 % 4 % 201 166 1.6 1.2 8 6
Paired t-Test: p < 0.001 p = 0.006 p < 0.001 p < 0.001
  1. SAM Suitability Assessment of Materials