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Table 4 Functional Health Literacy Skills: Number and percentage correct at baseline and follow-up

From: Incorporating health literacy in education for socially disadvantaged adults: an Australian feasibility study

  Baseline n(%) correct N = 22 Follow-up n(%) correct N = 20 Difference %
Temperature    
 What temperature is shown? 13 (59) 18 (90) 31
 Is the temperature shown ok for a healthy adult? 17 (77) 19 (95) 18
 What temperature is normal for a healthy adult? 14 (64) 17 (85) 21
Medicine labels    
 When does this medicine expire? 14 (64) 15 (75) 11
 I have a stomach ulcer. Can I use this medicine? 16 (73) 14 (70) -3
 My son is 6 years old. Can he use this medicine? 18 (82) 17 (85) 3
 I take 2 capsules at 10 am. When can I take 2 more? 14 (64) 16 (80) 16
 What should you do if a 3 year old eats 6 capsules? 15 (68) 18 (90) 22
Food and nutrition labels    
 What is this packaged food? 14 (64) 19 (95) 31
 What is the main ingredient of this soup? 3 (14) 12 603) 46
 How do you make this soup? 17 (77) 18 (90) 14
 Would you buy this package next July? 12 (55) 14 (70) 15
 What are kilojoules (KJs)? 1 (05) 9 (45) 40
 How many KJs are in a serve of this soup? 6 (27) 15 (75) 48
 How do you find out if this food is high in salt? 9 (41) 11 (55) 14
 Why would this be important to check? 1 (05) 4 (20) 15
 How could you make sure this food was healthy? 8 (36) 11 (55) 19
Oral communication    
 Number of tablets 14 (64) 19 (95) 31
 Dosage and timing I 17 (77) 16 (80) 3
 Dosage and timing II 18 (82) 16 (80) -2
 What to do if you did not understand the pharmacist 9 (41) 18 (90) 49
Total mean functional health skills score (SD) 12.8 (5.1) 19.3 (3.6)