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Table 6 Validation of NVS UK: Socio-demographic characteristics of participants

From: Development and validation of a measure of health literacy in the UK: the newest vital sign

   N % Lambeth and Southwark % England %
Gender1 Male 162 48.1 52.0 49.6
Female 175 51.9 48.0 50.4
Age1 18-24 55 16.3 13.4 13.2
  25-34 89 26.4 33.2 18.1
  35-44 71 21.1 23.8 20.5
  45-54 64 19.0 14.9 18.8
  55-64 31 9.2 8.6 16.6
  65+ 27 8.0 6.2 12.8
Social grade2 A-C 225 67 70 67.6
D-E 109 32 30 32.4
Unknown 3 .9   
Ethnicity3 White British 157 47 58 85
Black and Ethnic Minority 177 53 42 15
Not stated 3 0.9   
Education level4 Level 0 and 1 120 36 33 46
Level 2 and above 217 64 62 47
Unknown 0 0 5 6.9
Sample   337 100   
  1. 1. Based on Office of National; Statistics (ONS) 2009 mid year estimates [28].
  2. 2. National Readership Survey social grades: 2001 Census data [29].
  3. 3. Based on 2001 Census data [29].
  4. 4. Education level 2 equivalent to 5 passes at grade A-C in GCSE (English school matriculation) examinations, the standard expected at age 16 years [25].