Table 5

Readability scores for Canadian 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)
Abatacept651015–168.513–1410.315–169.614.8
Adalimumab6110.115–169.814–1510.215–161015.2
Bisphosphonates6310.215–169.514–151015–169.915.2
Denosumab669.614–159.614–151015–169.714.8
Etanercept6410.115–169.914–1510.315–1610.115.2
Hydroxychloroquine728.813–148.413–149.514–158.913.8
Leflunomide679.914–159.414–159.914–159.714.5
Methotrexate669.814–159.514–1510.115–169.814.8
Prednisolone6910.215–169.814–1510.115–161015.2
Sulfasalazine689.314–159.114–159.714–159.414.5
Mean66.19.89.410.09.714.8
SD1.00.10.20.10.10.1
  • *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.