Table 4

Readability scores for Arthritis Research United Kingdom Medicine Information Sheets

MedicationFlesch Reading Ease*
(0–100)
FORCAST grade levelFORCAST reader ageGunning Fog grade levelGunning Fog reader age
(years)
SMOG grade levelSMOG reader age
(years)
Mean grade level †Mean reader age†
(years)
Abatacept4610.915–1613.118–1913.218–1912.417.5
Adalimumab4711.116–1712.117–1812.517–1811.917.2
Bisphosphonates5311.116–1711.916–1712.317–1811.816.8
Denosumab4211.716–171217–1812.617–1812.117.2
Etanercept491116–1711.916–1712.417–1811.816.8
Hydroxychloroquine4111.216–1712.517–1812.517–1812.117.2
Leflunomide5310.815–1611.916–1712.217–1811.616.5
Methotrexate5110.815–1612.117–1812.417–1811.816.8
Prednisolone5511.116–1711.316–1711.616–1711.316.5
Sulfasalazine4810.815–1611.916–1712.217–1811.616.5
Mean48.511.112.112.411.816.9
SD1.50.10.10.10.10.1
  • *Flesch Scale Value: very easy (90–100), easy (80–89), fairly easy (70–79), standard (60–69), fairly difficult (50–59), difficult (30– 49), very confusing (0–29).

  • †Mean of FORCAST, Gunning Fog and SMOG scores.

  • FORCAST (named after the authors FORd, CAylor, STicht); SMOG, Simple Measure Of Gobbledygook.