Do undereducated patients read and understand written education materials? A pilot study in Isparta, Turkey

Scand J Rheumatol. 2001;30(2):99-102. doi: 10.1080/03009740151095385.


Objectives: The aim of our study is to evaluate the effect of written information in improving the knowledge of the undereducated nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) users about the side effects of NSAIDs and to investigate the compliance of patients with the written information materials.

Methods: Thirty patients received only verbal information, 38 patients received only written, and 40 patients received both verbal and written information. After seven or ten days a questionnaire was administered to the patients on the phone to assess the patients' knowledge.

Results: Sixty one (78.2%) patients read the leaflets. Higher number of correct answers was obtained with both verbal and written information. Written information better informed than verbal information alone (p=0.02).

Conclusion: We conclude that the undereducated patients will read and understand written education materials especially when the materials are written simple and short.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Drug Labeling*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods*
  • Rheumatic Diseases / drug therapy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Turkey


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal