Skip to main content

Table 1 Baseline characteristics of study participants admitted in two urban tertiary care hospitals’ medical units

From: Impact of low health literacy on patients’ health outcomes: a multicenter cohort study

Patients Characteristics n (%)
174
Health Literacy P value
   Inadequate Marginal Adequate  
   56 (32.0) 31 (18.0) 87 (50.0)  
   % % %  
Age Group (in years)      < 0.05
 Under 65 92 (53) 20.0 14.4 65.6  
 65 and over 82 (47) 45.6 22.8 31.7  
Sexa     > 0.05
 Male 79 (46) 30.4 19.0 50.6  
 Female 94 (54) 33.0 17.0 50.0  
Employment Status     < 0.05
 Disabled 35 (20) 34.3 17.1 48.6  
 Retired 84 (48) 42.9 20.2 36.9  
 Full time 41 (24) 9.8 17.1 73.2  
 Other 14 (8) 28.6 7.1 64.3  
Household Income     < 0.05
 No income- $20,000 37 (21) 46.0 18.9 35.1  
 $20,000-$40,000 36 (21) 30.6 27.8 41.7  
 $40,000- $74,999 25 (14) 24.0 16.0 60.0  
 $75,000+ 36 (21) 16.7 8.3 75.0  
 Not stated 40 (23) 40.0 17.5 42.5  
Marital Status     =0.05
 Single/Never married 40 (23) 27.5 22.5 50.0  
 Divorced/Separated or Widowed 58 (33) 39.7 24.1 36.2  
 Married 76 (44) 29.0 10.5 60.5  
Educationb     < 0.05
 Some high school or less 64 (37) 56.3 18.7 25.0  
 Complete high school 33 (19) 30.3 15.2 54.6  
 Some college 22 (13) 9.1 27.3 63.6  
 Complete college 54 (31) 13.0 14.8 72.2  
Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) (mean, SD) 3.10 (2.7) 4.7 (2.7) 3.3 (2.2) 2.0 (2.2) > 0.05
Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI) (median, IQR) 3.00 (4.0) 4.0 (3.0) 3.0 (3.0) 2.0 (3.0) > 0.05
  1. ainformation was missing in 1 patient;b information was missing in 1 paitent