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Table 2 Proportion of respondents with non-good experiences of the communication quality and the usefulness of the health examinationa

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

  Total study population Comprehensive health literacyab
  Respondents/ response category Inadequate Problematic Sufficient p-value
Response categories Number (%) 199 Number (%) 141 Number (%) 115 Number (%)  
Understood what was being told (n= 329)      <0.001 c
 No 20 (6.1) 16 (11.9) 3 (2.9) 1 (1.1)  
 Partly 69 (21.0) 34 (25.2) 18 (17.5) 17 (18.2)  
 Yes 240 (72.9) 85 (63.0) 82 (79.5) 73(80.2)  
Could talk about health problems (n= 321)      <0.001 c
 No 49 (15.3) 32 (24.1) 12 (12.2) 5 (5.6)  
 Partly 22 (6.9) 16 (12.0) 4 (4.1) 2 (2.2)  
 Yes 250 (77.9) 85 (63.9) 82 (83.7) 83 (92.2)  
Could ask questions (n= 318)      <0.001 c
 No 55 (17.3) 33 (26.2) 12 (12.0) 10 (10.9)  
 Partly 53 (16.7) 28 (22.2) 16 (16.0) 9 (9.8)  
 Yes 210 (66.0) 65 (51.6) 72 (72.0) 73 (79.3)  
Received answers to questions asked (n= 299)      <0.001 c
 No 52 (17.4) 31 (26.3) 10 (11.0) 11 (12.2)  
 Partly 54 (18.1) 30 (25.4) 19 (20.9) 5 (5.6)  
 Yes 193 (64.5) 57 (48.3) 62 (68.1) 74 (82.2)  
Quality of communication (n= 275)      
 Low quality 100 (27.8) 60 (56.6) 25 (28.7) 15 (18.3) <0.001 c
 High quality 175 (63.6) 46 (43.3) 62 (71.3) 67 (8.7)  
Received information about      
… asylum seekers’ rights to health (n= 306)      
 No 137 (44.8) 78 (61.4) 40 (44.0) 19 (21.6) <0.001 c
 Yes 169 (55.2) 49 (38.6) 51 (56.0) 69 (78.4)  
…where to go if one becomes sick in Sweden (n= 324)      
 No 76 (23.5) 49 (36.6) 14 (14.3) 13 (14.1) <0.001 c
 Yes 248 (76.5) 85 (63.4) 84 (85.7) 79 (85.9)  
…where to go in Sweden if one feels mentally unwell (n= 306)      
 No 169 (55.2) 85 (70.2) 52 (53.1) 32 (36.8) <0.001 c
 Yes 137 (44.8) 36 (29.8) 46 (46.9) 55 (63.2)  
Received little health care information (n= 206)      
Little 113 (31.4) 67 (63.2) 30 (37.0) 16 (20.3) <0.001 c
Much 153 (57.5) 39 (36.8) 51 (63.0) 63 (79.7)  
Received new knowledge (n= 301)      <0.001 c
 No 124 (34.4) 73 (60.8) 35 (36.5) 16 (18.8)  
 Partly 63 (20.9) 21 (17.5) 24 (25.0) 18 (21.2)  
 Yes 114 (37.9) 26 (21.7) 37 (38.5) 51 (60.0)  
Received help (n= 316)      <0.001 c
 No 83 (23.1) 52(41.3) 22 (21.8) 9 (10.1)  
 Partly 99 (31.3) 44 (34.9) 36 (35.6) 19 (21.2)  
 Yes 134 (42.4) 30 (23.8) 43 (42.6) 61(68.5)  
  1. aMissing data not included
  2. bModified CHL value
  3. cChi square test; n (%) = number and proportions of participants; significant differences p < 0. 05 are printed in bold