The objective of this study is to test legal guardians reading comprehension of their
child's post-operative medication administration using three different versions of written
medication information (standard fact sheets, easy-to-read fact sheets, and easy-to-read
fact sheets accompanied by illustrations).
It is important for the child's welfare and comfort that the legal guardian can read and
comprehend their child's pain medication information. Failure to understand the full
implications of the medication may jeopardize the child's comfort level or welfare.
Readability of printed education materials is a key to comprehension and supplements what
healthcare providers verbally tell the parents/legal guardians. Several studies have
demonstrated the benefits of using illustrations to convey intended messages. Simple line
drawings appear to do well with those who have low-literacy skills.
The following hypothesis will be tested:
- There is no difference in level of comprehension of medication administration by the
legal guardians who receive standard fact sheets about medication, those who receive
easy-to-read fact sheets, and those who receive easy-to-read fact sheets accompanied by
- There is no difference in level of comprehension of pain assessment by the legal
guardians who receive standard fact sheets about assessing pain, those who receive
easy-to-read fact sheets, and those who receive easy-to-read facts sheets accompanied
- There is no relationship between legal guardians' satisfaction with medication
education and whether they receive standard fact sheets, easy-to-read fact sheets, or
those who receive easy-to read fact sheets accompanied by illustrations.
- be 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor
- ability to see, speak, and hear English
- have a child who will be undergoing surgery
- signed surgical consent form
- have a child staying on hospital pediatric surgical unit after surgery until
- have a child admitted for at least one day but not more than 7 days.