Nearly half of adults in England don’t understand health information material, study indicatesBMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8364 (Published 07 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8364
- Susan Mayor
Nearly half of adults in England are unable to understand standard health information material—such as instructions on how to calculate the dosage of paracetamol for a child—well enough to act on it, indicate results from a study reported this week.
Researchers extrapolated results for levels of literacy and numeracy collected in interviews with more than 6000 people aged 16-65 years to assess understanding of 64 items of information on health and safety. The data came from a nationally representative sample taking part in the Skills for Life survey,1 conducted by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and were applied …