Skip to main content

Table 2 HLS-EU-Q16 Health Literacy Matrix Items for Sample

From: Parental health literacy and health knowledge, behaviours and outcomes in children: a cross-sectional survey

Item On a scale from very easy to very difficult, how easy would you say it is to ... very difficult fairly difficult fairly easy very easy N
1 find information on treatments of illnesses that concern you? 1.7% 22.2% 59.4% 16.7% 3813
2 find out where to get professional help when you are ill? 1.6% 19.0% 55.2% 24.3% 3882
3 understand what your doctor says to you? 1.3% 13.8% 57.6% 27.4% 3920
4 understand your doctor’s or pharmacist’s instruction on how to take a prescribed medicine? 0.4% 3.1% 43.6% 52.9% 3943
5 judge when you may need to get a second opinion from another doctor? 3.9% 32.5% 45.2% 18.4% 3887
6 use information the doctor gives you to make decisions about your illness? 1.8% 25.3% 56.6% 16.4% 3853
7 follow instructions from your doctor or pharmacist? 0.5% 4.3% 54.7% 40.6% 3921
8 find information on how to manage mental health problems like stress or depression? 6.4% 34.8% 44.5% 14.3% 3731
9 understand health warnings about behaviour such as smoking, low physical activity and drinking too much? 1.2% 8.0% 44.3% 46.4% 3849
10 understand why you need health screenings? 0.6% 5.1% 40.9% 53.4% 3895
11 judge if the information on health risks in the media is reliable? 6.2% 44.0% 38.7% 11.1% 3854
12 decide how you can protect yourself from illness based on information in the media? 3.9% 35.8% 46.8% 13.5% 3845
13 find out about activities that are good for your mental well-being? 2.6% 28.9% 52.7% 15.8% 3781
14 understand advice on health from family members or friends? 1.0% 10.6% 55.5% 32.9% 3849
15 understand information in the media on how to get healthier? 2.0% 19.1% 57.6% 21.3% 3827
16 judge which everyday behaviour is related to your health? 1.5% 15.9% 56.9% 25.8% 3845