An Alternative to Print-Centric Design for Online Health Literacy: The Redevelopment of a Cancer Information Portal

André Buchenot, Ana Traversa, Robert Skipworth Comer, David Haggstrom

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Abstract

Despite the increasing use of online health literacy resources, scholars and practitioners assess Web sites based on readability measures such as sentence length, word choice, and other “print-centric” features to the exclusion of features unique to online media. In this article, we offer an alternative approach that accounts for multiple modes of communication and non-linear arrangement—features that characterize online media. To demonstrate this approach, we detail a recent project to redesign a cancer patient web portal. Included in our discussion of the project is a heuristic tool for designing web navigation as well as detailed examples of reworded content.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-312
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014

Keywords

  • Health literacy
  • Web portal
  • Web site
  • cancer
  • design
  • language
  • online
  • readability
  • semantic modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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