Journal of Diabetes Research / 2018 / Article / Tab 2

Research Article

Health Literacy Status and Understanding of the Prescription Instructions in Diabetic Patients

Table 2

Demographic characteristics of diabetic patients based on their health literacy levels.

CharacteristicsHealth literacy level value
Low ()High ()
Scores 0–60Scores 61–66

Age (mean ± SD)59.04 ± 11.8161.92 ± 9.930.251
Male (%)170 (71.9)17 (70.8)0.976
Female (%)69 (28.9)7 (29.2)
Education (%) 7 years or less97 (40.6)1 (4.2)<0.001
 8–10 years91 (38.1)1 (4.2)
 11-12 years30 (12.6)4 (16.7)
 Graduation20 (8.4)16 (66.7)
 Masters1 (0.4)2 (8.3)
Number of patients on insulin (%)104 (43.5)6 (25)0.08
Number of patients on OHA (%)147 (61.5)19 (79.2)0.087
Number of patients both insulin and OHA (%)13 (5.4)1 (4.2)0.791
Total number of medication per day (mean ± SD)1.15 ± 0.371.21 ± 0.510.52
Duration of disease (median (IQR))8 (4, 13)10 (5.25, 12)0.519

SD: standard deviation; IQR: interquartile range; OHA: oral hypoglycemic agents; significant association between educational status and literacy level when applied Chi-square test.