Table 6

Word and sentence statistics for (A) UK and (B) Canadian Medicine Information Sheets

DrugNo. of sentencesNo. of difficult* sentencesMean sentence length (no. of words)No. of wordsNo. of complex† words
(A) UK
 Abatacept6618 (27%)17.11130206 (18%)
 Adalimumab7110 (14%)15.31086191 (18%)
 Bisphosphonates3610 (28%)15.756692 (16%)
 Denosumab82 (25%)14.411522 (19%)
 Etanercept8116 (20%)15.81282214 (17%)
 Hydroxychloroquine6013 (22%)15.3916159 (17%)
 Leflunomide6312 (19%)16.11016157 (15%)
 Methotrexate7513 (17%)16.21212193 (16%)
 Prednisolone6015 (25%)171020131 (13%)
 Sulfasalazine5312 (23%)16.6881132 (15%)
 Mean57.312.1 (21%)15.95922.4149.7 (16%)
 SD6.71.40.3109.618.7
(B) Canadian
 Abatacept25011.127838 (14%)
 Adalimumab3101134147 (14%)
 Bisphosphonates3001030141 (14%)
 Denosumab24010.324634 (14%)
 Etanercept31010.933948 (14%)
 Hydroxychloroquine2109.319523 (12%)
 Leflunomide3401033946 (14%)
 Methotrexate32011.235747 (13%)
 Prednisolone36010.136353 (15%)
 Sulfasalazine21010.421827 (12%)
 Mean28.5010.43297.740.4 (14%)
 SD1.70.00.219.23.1
  • *Difficult sentence: ≥22 words.

  • †Complex word: ≥3 syllables.