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Report says state health Web sites need improvement

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 11, 2006

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State health department Internet sites have improved confidentiality and accessibility since 2000 but need to do a better job of ensuring quality access to everyone, says a report in the August Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved.

Researchers compared content on public health Web sites operated by each state from 2000 to 2005. They looked at reading levels, disability access, non-English accessibility, and privacy and security statements.

The report found that 20% of sites in 2005 were written at an 8th-grade level, even though half of Americans read at the 8th-grade level or below.

In 2005, 34% of sites provided non-English materials, up from 10% in 2000.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2006/09/11/prbf0911.htm.

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