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Professor Linda Neuhauser Contributes to FDA Book on Risk Communication

HRA’s Principal Investigator Linda Neuhauser and co-author Kala Paul contributed a chapter on “Readability, Comprehension, and Usability” in a book published in August 2011 by the federal Food and Drug Administration, Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide.

Effective risk communication is essential to the success of public health efforts. The FDA book provides the scientific foundations for effective communication.

Neuhauser and Paul’s chapter describes ways to assess text readability and usability and to improve risk communications by engaging users in design and testing. Studies have shown that most health information, including risk communication, greatly exceeds the comprehension of average adults in the United States.

The book is free and can be downloaded as a pdf from the FDA website.

Cover of Book on Risk Communication
August 2011