Table 4.

SOS Mnemonic for Screening Patients for Limited Health Literacy

Question TopicLetterCategoryThresholda
a Answers that may indicate a problem with health literacy.
b Single-Item Literacy Screener.37
Educational attainmentSThe person’s Schooling is …Sub-Secondary.
Self-rated reading abilityOThe person’s Opinion of his or her reading ability is that …… he or she is Only an Okay reader.
Help needed when readingbSWhen the person reads health-related materials, Support is …Sometimes Solicited.