New techniques in assisted conception Consultation document incomprehensibleBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6929.658b (Published 05 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:658
- V McDonald,
- D Axworthy
- Psychology and Genetics Research Group, UMDS-Guy's Campus, London SE1 9RT
- Clinical and Health Psychology Research Centre, School of Social Sciences, City University, London EClV 0HB.
EDITOR, - The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has recently published a public consultation document, Donated Ovarian Tissue in Embryo Research and Assisted Conception.1,2 This document discusses the “issues surrounding the use in research and treatment of ovarian tissue obtained from mature women, from girls or women who have died or from aborted fetuses” (para 1). Comments on these issues are invited from “members of the public, interested bodies and organisations” (para 42).
To respond to the document the public must first be able to understand its contents. We have assessed this formally using a readability formula. This provides an estimate of the proportion of the population likely to understand a piece of text, based on the lengths of sentences and …