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Table 2 The proportion of responses (%) in each category of the 4-point rating scale for each HLS-Q12 item

From: Explaining variance in health literacy among people with type 2 diabetes: the association between health literacy and health behaviour and empowerment

Item no. Label Very difficult Difficult Easy Very easy
  On a scale from very difficult to very easy, how easy would you say it is to:     
2 find information on treatments of illnesses that concern you? 2 25 64 10
7 understand what to do in a medical emergency? 3 38 53 5
10 judge the advantages and disadvantages of different treatment options? 6 56 35 3
14 follow the instructions on medication? 2 10 72 16
18 find information on how to manage mental health problems like stress or depression? 7 55 33 6
23 understand why you need health screenings? 0 3 68 28
28 judge if the information on health risks in the media is reliable? 7 60 30 4
30 decide how you can protect yourself from illness based on advice from family and friends? 7 52 37 4
32 find information on healthy activities, such as exercise, healthy food and nutrition? 2 13 70 16
38 understand information on food packaging? 10 43 40 7
43 judge which everyday behaviour is related to your health? 1 13 70 16
44 make decisions to improve your health? 2 35 51 11
average   4 (49/12) 34 (403/12) 52 (623/12) 11 (126/12)
  1. The item number corresponds to the specific item number in the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47)