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Table 1 Distribution of characteristics of the study populationa

From: Health literacy and refugees’ experiences of the health examination for asylum seekers – a Swedish cross-sectional study

Variables (n = 360) Number Total distribution (%)
Gender (number = 354)
 Men 184 52.0
 Women 170 48.0
Age (n = 325)
 18–24 61 18.8
 25–44 201 61.8
 45 years or older 63 19.4
Country (n = 310)
 Afghanistan 30 9.7
 Iraq 63 20.3
 Somalia 94 30.3
 Syria 66 21.3
 Other country 57 18.4
Education (n = 355)
 None 47 13.2
 1–6 years 84 23.7
 7–12 years 122 34.4
 More than 12 years 102 28.7
Functional health literacy (n = 315)
 Inadequate 190 60.3
 Problematic 59 18.7
 Sufficient 66 21.0
Comprehensive health literacy (n = 237)
 Inadequate 66 27.8
 Problematic 77 32.5
 Sufficient 94 39.7
Comprehensive health literacym (n = 360)
 Inadequate 151 41.9
 Problematic 110 30.6
 Sufficient 99 27.5
Self-assessed health (n = 351)
 Very poor 12 3.4
 Poor 36 10.3
 Fair 107 30.5
 Good 94 26.8
 Very good 102 29.1
Years of residential permit (n = 321)
 Less than 1 year 21 6.5
 1–2 years 209 65.1
 More than 2 years 91 28.3
Time since participating in a health examination for asylum seekers (n =354)
 Less than a year ago 178 50.3
 1–2 years ago 87 24.6
 More than 2 years ago 89 25.1
Support of interpreter (n = 318)
 Yes 241 75.8
 No 77 24.2
  1. aMissing data not included