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Health Department Web Sites Score Low on Readability

Many state-run health department Web sites are written above the average U.S. resident’s comprehension level and are inaccessible to people who have disabilities and non-English speakers, according to a study published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Brown University researchers looked at the accessibility, privacy and security of public, state-run Web sites during the last two to five years. They used content analysis to determine readability levels, disability and non-English accessibility, and the existence of privacy and security statements.

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