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Table 1 Background characteristics and mean SAHL scores (n = 329)

From: A short assessment of health literacy (SAHL) in the Netherlands

  n (%) SAHL recognition (SD) SAHL comprehension (SD) SAHL total (SD)
Gender     
Men 136 (41) 29.0 (3.7) 25.2 (4.8) 54.2 (7.7)
Women 193 (59) 29.4 (3.0) 27.2 (3.7) 56.7 (5.9)
Age
mean age: 56.2 (14.9)
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<44 86 (26) 29.8 (3.0) 26.4 (4.6) 56.2 (6.9)
45-65 131 (40) 29.6 (3.2) 27.1 (4.1) 57.7 (6.5)
>65 112 (34) 28.3 (3.5) 25.5 (4.1) 53.8 (6.8)
Education*     
Low 92 (28) 27.5 (3.7) 24.6 (4.4) 52.1 (7.0)
Intermediate 123 (38) 29.0 (3.3) 25.9 (4.3) 54.9 (6.9)
High 110 (34) 31.0 (1.8) 28.4 (3.2) 59.3 (4.2)
Ethnic origin     
Dutch 313 (95) 29.3 (3.2) 26.3 (4.3) 55.6 (6.8)
Other 16 (5) 28.5 (4.2) 27.3 (3.9) 55.8 (7.5)
Mother tongue     
Dutch 319 (97) 29.3 (3.2) 26.4 (4.3) 55.6 (6.8)
Other 10 (3) 28.8 (4.0) 25.8 (4.1) 54.6 (7.2)
Contact with professional care provider in past year**     
0 times 28 (9) 29.2 (3.6) 26.8 (3.7) 55.9 (6.7)
1 – 5 times 196 (60) 29.2 (3.2) 26.1 (4.3) 55.3 (6.6)
5 – 10 times 55 (17) 29.4 (3.6) 26.8 (4.5) 56.2 (7.5)
> 10 times 47 (14) 29.3 (3.0) 27.1 (4.3) 56.5 (6.8)
Working in health care***     
Never worked in health care 213 (65) 28.9 (3.4) 25.5 (4.2) 54.4 (6.7)
Used to work in health care 56 (17) 29.1 (3.6) 27.4 (4.6) 56.6 (7.7)
Now works in health care 54 (16) 30.6 (2.1) 28.9 (2.9) 59.5 (4.4)
  1. *4 missing.
  2. **3 missing.
  3. ***6 missing.
  4. [Significant differences (p < 0.05) are presented in bold].