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Table 1 Percentage distribution of responses for HL statements

From: Health literacy: the missing link in improving the health of Somali immigrant women in Oslo

No. Questions Very easy Easy Difficult Very difficult Don’t know
1 Find information on treatment of illnesses that concern you 19.5 54 15.2 5.3 5
2 Find out where to get professional help when you are ill 24.8 58.9 10.6 4.3 0.3
3 Understand what your doctor tells you 20.2 49.7 21.5 6.6 1
4 Understand your doctor or pharmacist’s instructions on how to take a prescribed medicine 24.5 56 12.3 5.6 1
5 Judge when you may need to get a second opinion from another doctor 13.6 39.1 33.4 10.3 2
6 Use information the doctor gives you to make decisions about your illness 15.9 58.3 17.2 5 1.7
7 Follow instructions from your doctor or pharmacist 19.5 61.9 12.6 4 .3
8 Find information on how to manage mental health problems like stress and depression 9.6 35.1 26.2 24.2 4.3
9 Understand health warnings about behavior such as smoking, low physical activity and drinking too much 15.9 42.4 26.2 10.3 3.6
10 Understand why you need health screenings 17.5 59.3 12.9 3 6.3
11 Judge if the information on health risks in the media is reliable 8.6 36.1 32.8 16.9 2.6
12 Decide how you can protect yourself from illness based on information in the media 10.9 33.8 32.8 19.9 1.7
13 Find out about activities that are good for your mental well-being 12.9 41.1 32.5 11.9 1.3
14 Understand advice on health from family members or friends 43.7 41.4 9.3 3.3 1.3
15 Understand information in the media on how to become healthier 10.3 35.1 30.8 22.8 .7
16 Judge which everyday behavior is related to your health 19.2 42.1 24.2 13.6 .7