Table 1

Readability scores for Australian Rheumatology Association Medicine Information Sheets

MedicationFlesch Reading Ease *
(0–100)
FORCAST grade levelFORCAST reader age (years)Gunning Fog grade levelGunning Fog reader age (years)SMOG grade levelSMOG reader age (years)Mean grade level†Mean reader age†
(years)
Abatacept4911.216–1712.317–1812.417–1812.017.2
Adalimumab4611.216–1712.717–1812.817–1812.217.2
Allopurinol5310.815–1610.515–1611.516–1710.915.8
Apremilast5610.615–1611.316–1711.716–1711.216.2
Azathioprine5010.715–1611.616–1712.217–1811.516.5
Bisphosphonates intravenous4911.116–1712.117–1812.217–1811.817.2
Bisphosphonates oral4911.216–1712.217–1812.317–1811.917.2
Bosentan5910.415–1611.016–1711.516–1711.016.2
Certolizumab4611.116–1712.817–1812.917–1812.317.2
Colchicine5311.116–1711.716–1711.716–1711.516.5
Cyclophosphamide5310.715–1610.815–1611.816–1711.115.8
Ciclosporin5410.715–1611.816–1712.017–1811.516.5
Denosumab5011.016–1711.916–1712.117–1811.716.8
Etanercept4811.116–1712.717–1812.817–1812.217.2
Febuxostat5410.715–1610.815–1611.716–1711.115.8
Golimumab4811.116–1712.817–1812.817–1812.217.2
Hyaluronic acid5111.116–1711.816–1711.916–1711.616.5
Hydroxychloroquine4910.915–1611.616–1711.716–1711.416.2
Infliximab4911.116–1712.517–1812.617–1812.117.2
Leflunomide5410.715–1611.616–1712.217–1811.516.5
Methotrexate5210.915–1611.416–1712.317–1811.516.5
Mycophenolate5011.016–1711.616–1712.517–1811.716.8
NSAIDs5810.615–1611.016–1711.316–1711.016.2
Prednisone5110.915–1611.216–1711.916–1711.316.2
Rituximab4811.316–1712.317–1812.517–1812.017.2
Sulfasalazine5010.915–1611.416–1711.916–1711.416.2
Teriparatide4910.915–1611.616–1712.117–1811.516.5
Tocilizumab4711.116–1712.017–1812.517–1811.917.2
Tofacitinib4611.116–1712.117–1812.217–1811.817.2
Ustekinumab5410.815–1611.516–1712.017–1811.416.5
Mean50.810.911.812.111.616.6
SD0.60.00.10.10.10.1
  • *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); NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; SMOG, Simple Measure Of Gobbledygook.