Jordan Alpert and Aantaki Raisa Co-Author Article on Communicating Dietary Supplement Information
Jordan Alpert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, and CJC doctoral student Aantaki Raisa are two of the co-authors of “When Text Simplification is Not Enough: Could a Graph-Based Visualization Facilitate Consumers’ Comprehension of Dietary Supplement Information?” published in JAMIA Open on April 4.
Co-authors Alpert, Raisa, Xing He, Rui Zhang, Sicheng Zhou, Terrence Adam, Yifan Peng, Hansi Zhang, Yi Guo, and Jiang Bian identified trustworthy dietary supplement information sources and built an evidence–based knowledge base of dietary supplement information—the integrated DIetary Supplement Knowledge base (iDISK). They assessed how different approaches to simplify and represent dietary supplement information from iDISK will affect lay consumers’ comprehension.
They found that consumers often seek information about dietary supplements online, yet the quality of information is questionable and often contains complex medical jargon that is very difficult to understand. They employed text simplification strategies to make the experience easier and more productive for consumers.