Table 1: Distribution of responses and mean scores on the functional health literacy scale ( ).

While reading instructions or leaflets from hospitals/pharmacies, you…Number (%)Means ± SD
NeverSeldomSometimeOften

Found the print too small to read182 (29.4)196 (31.6)155 (25.0)87 (14.0)
Found characters and words that you did not know112 (18.1)185 (29.8)235 (37.9)88 (14.2)
Found that the content was too difficult114 (18.4)197 (31.8)215 (34.7)94 (15.2)
Needed a long time to read and understand114 (18.4)219 (35.3)188 (30.3)99 (16.0)
Needed someone to help you read274 (44.2)132 (21.3)144 (23.2)70 (11.3)

Total score on the five items