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Table 1 Characteristics of statewide sample of adult Missouri residents (N = 3358)

From: Effects of patient health literacy, patient engagement and a system-level health literacy attribute on patient-reported outcomes: a representative statewide survey

Variable N %
Health status   
 Excellent 510 15.2
 Very good 1143 34.1
 Good 1061 31.6
 Fair 464 13.9
 Poor 175 5.2
Number of chronic diseases   
 0 1304 38.9
 1 919 27.4
 2–3 994 29.6
 4–6 138 4.1
Have personal doctor 2564 76.5
Last doctor visit less than 12 months ago 2871 85.5
Have private or public health insurance 2736 81.8
Female 1745 52.0
Educational attainment   
 Less than high school 395 11.8
 High school/GED 1005 30.0
 Some college/Technical degree 1204 35.9
 College degree or higher 748 22.3
Race/ethnicity   
 White 2844 84.8
 Black/African American 373 11.1
 Hispanic/Latino 28 0.8
 Asian American 39 0.2
 American Indian/Alaska Native 47 1.4
 Other 22 0.7
Health literacy*   
 Not at all confident 172 5.3
 Somewhat confident 1272 38.2
 Extremely confident 1885 56.6
  M SD
Age 47 17.9
  1. *Health literacy was assessed using the screener item “How confident are you filling out medical forms by yourself?”34.