Citizens who reported that it is always or usually hard to understand written information about a medical condition or a prescription

Table

Unit %

Year 2020 Year 2017 Year 2014 Year 2011
Province
New Brunswick
12.3
11.7 - 12.8
9.3
8.9 - 9.7
9.4
9.0 - 9.8
13.5
13.1 - 14.0
Health zones
Zone 1 - Moncton and South-East Area
13.0
11.8 - 14.1
10.0
9.2 - 10.8
10.3
9.4 - 11.1
13.8
12.8 - 14.8
Zone 2 - Fundy Shore and Saint John Area
10.7
9.5 - 11.9
8.3
7.4 - 9.1
7.7
7.0 - 8.5
13.0
12.0 - 14.0
Zone 3 - Fredericton and River Valley Area
11.3
10.2 - 12.4
7.2
6.4 - 7.9
8.0
7.2 - 8.8
11.7
10.7 - 12.7
Zone 4 - Madawaska and North-West Area
11.8
9.8 - 13.8
11.6
10.2 - 13.1
11.3
9.8 - 12.9
16.6
14.8 - 18.5
Zone 5 - Restigouche Area
15.2
12.5 - 17.8
9.9
7.9 - 11.8
13.2
10.5 - 15.9
11.8
9.7 - 14.0
Zone 6 - Bathurst and Acadian Peninsula Area
14.5
12.8 - 16.2
10.2
8.9 - 11.5
11.2
9.6 - 12.7
16.5
14.9 - 18.0
Zone 7 - Miramichi Area
13.1
10.5 - 15.7
14.7
12.6 - 16.9
9.8
7.7 - 11.9
13.3
11.6 - 15.0
Communities
Bathurst, Beresford, Petit-Rocher Area
14.7
11.6 - 17.9
9.5
7.6 - 11.5
10.2
7.7 - 12.6
17.2
14.7 - 19.8
Bouctouche, Richibucto, Saint-Antoine Area
10.5
8.1 - 12.9
15.8
13.1 - 18.5
16.7
13.7 - 19.6
19.8
16.7 - 22.9
Campbellton, Atholville, Tide Head Area
17.2
13.2 - 21.2
11.6
8.8 - 14.5
12.3
8.7 - 15.9
9.3
6.3 - 12.3
Caraquet, Paquetville, Bertrand Area
12.2
8.9 - 15.5
11.2
8.2 - 14.3
13.4
9.8 - 17.0
14.1
11.0 - 17.1
Dalhousie, Balmoral, Belledune Area
13.2
9.7 - 16.6
8.3
5.8 - 10.9
14.0
10.0 - 18.0
14.1
11.1 - 17.1
Dieppe and Memramcook
10.1
7.5 - 12.8
8.9
6.9 - 10.8
7.4
4.7 - 10.1
10.1
7.0 - 13.3
Douglas, Saint Marys, Doaktown Area
8.4
5.3 - 11.5
8.2
5.6 - 10.8
10.2
7.1 - 13.3
12.0
8.9 - 15.1
Edmundston, Rivière-Verte, Lac Baker Area
12.1
9.2 - 15.0
10.8
8.9 - 12.7
11.0
9.0 - 13.0
15.3
12.8 - 17.9
Florenceville-Bristol, Woodstock, Wakefield Area
10.9
8.2 - 13.7
7.5
5.3 - 9.7
9.8
8.0 - 11.6
11.5
9.4 - 13.7
Fredericton
10.3
8.1 - 12.5
6.0
4.5 - 7.5
7.2
5.4 - 9.1
10.3
8.1 - 12.6
Grand Bay-Westfield, Westfield, Greenwich Area
14.2
9.9 - 18.4
6.4
3.8 - 9.1
5.3
2.9 - 7.6
10.9
7.5 - 14.4
Grand Falls, Saint-Léonard, Drummond Area
13.3
9.9 - 16.6
14.0
11.2 - 16.8
11.0
8.2 - 13.8
19.3
15.7 - 22.8
Hillsborough, Riverside-Albert, Alma Area
10.4
5.7 - 15.2
4.3
1.7 - 7.0
7.0
3.4 - 10.7
15.8
11.2 - 20.5
Kedgwick, Saint-Quentin and Grimmer
6.2
2.5 - 10.0
9.1
5.2 - 13.0
13.9
7.7 - 20.1
15.6
11.4 - 19.7
Minto, Chipman, Cambridge-Narrows Area
14.4
9.9 - 18.9
7.2
4.5 - 10.0
10.5
7.7 - 13.3
13.5
10.2 - 16.9
Miramichi, Rogersville, Blackville Area
12.4
9.5 - 15.3
14.4
12.0 - 16.8
8.6
6.3 - 10.8
12.6
10.7 - 14.5
Moncton
13.9
11.3 - 16.6
10.1
8.5 - 11.6
10.0
8.3 - 11.7
13.2
11.3 - 15.1
Nackawic, McAdam, Canterbury Area
13.6
9.7 - 17.5
10.9
7.9 - 14.0
8.3
5.9 - 10.7
12.7
9.5 - 15.9
Neguac, Alnwick, Esgenoopetitj Area
17.0
11.1 - 22.9
16.4
11.2 - 21.6
14.9
9.1 - 20.6
16.2
12.1 - 20.3
New Maryland, Kingsclear, Lincoln Area
9.8
7.2 - 12.5
6.2
4.2 - 8.2
4.5
2.8 - 6.3
13.6
10.7 - 16.5
Oromocto, Gagetown, Fredericton Junction Area
14.4
11.2 - 17.7
6.5
4.5 - 8.6
7.6
5.5 - 9.8
8.0
5.5 - 10.5
Perth-Andover, Plaster Rock, Tobique Area
15.3
10.8 - 19.8
11.1
7.7 - 14.5
10.6
7.4 - 13.8
14.3
10.5 - 18.1
Quispamsis, Rothesay, Hampton Area
10.0
7.5 - 12.5
7.4
5.8 - 9.0
5.6
4.1 - 7.1
9.4
7.5 - 11.4
Riverview and Coverdale
8.7
6.1 - 11.2
8.0
6.0 - 10.0
5.4
3.4 - 7.3
10.9
8.1 - 13.7
Sackville, Dorchester, Port Elgin Area
15.0
11.0 - 19.1
7.7
5.3 - 10.1
6.1
3.5 - 8.7
16.5
12.4 - 20.6
Saint John, Simonds and Musquash
10.7
8.3 - 13.1
7.9
6.4 - 9.4
7.0
5.8 - 8.3
12.9
11.3 - 14.5
Salisbury and Petitcodiac
17.0
11.7 - 22.3
8.9
5.0 - 12.7
8.3
4.9 - 11.7
17.2
12.6 - 21.9
Shediac, Beaubassin East and Cap-Pelé
16.4
12.3 - 20.4
10.8
8.7 - 12.9
15.5
13.1 - 17.8
14.1
11.8 - 16.5
Shippagan, Lamèque, Inkerman Area
16.8
12.9 - 20.8
8.2
5.5 - 11.0
12.0
8.3 - 15.7
16.1
12.9 - 19.4
St. George, Grand Manan, Blacks Harbour Area
8.2
5.1 - 11.2
12.8
9.5 - 16.1
12.1
9.4 - 14.8
16.5
13.4 - 19.6
St. Stephen, Saint Andrews, Campobello Island Area
9.8
6.8 - 12.8
12.3
9.1 - 15.5
10.2
7.3 - 13.0
15.8
12.3 - 19.4
Sussex, Norton, Sussex Corner Area
12.3
9.2 - 15.4
6.9
5.0 - 8.8
10.7
8.4 - 12.9
16.4
13.5 - 19.3
Tracadie and Saint-Isidore
14.2
10.9 - 17.5
11.9
9.0 - 14.8
10.4
7.1 - 13.7
17.6
14.1 - 21.0
Age
18-64
11.9
11.2 - 12.7
8.4
7.9 - 8.8
8.5
8.1 - 9.0
12.5
11.9 - 13.0
65 and over
13.1
12.2 - 14.0
12.3
11.5 - 13.2
13.0
12.1 - 13.9
18.3
17.1 - 19.4
Sex at birth
Female
10.7
10.1 - 11.4
7.9
7.4 - 8.4
8.9
8.4 - 9.4
11.9
11.3 - 12.5
Male
13.7
12.7 - 14.7
10.9
10.2 - 11.6
10.0
9.2 - 10.7
15.4
14.5 - 16.2
Sexual orientation
Sexual minority people
12.0
8.8 - 15.1
n/a
n/a
n/a
Heterosexual people
12.2
11.6 - 12.8
n/a
n/a
n/a
Language
Preferred language of service: English
12.5
11.8 - 13.2
9.0
8.5 - 9.5
8.9
8.5 - 9.4
13.0
12.4 - 13.5
Preferred language of service: French
11.7
10.6 - 12.7
9.9
9.1 - 10.7
10.6
9.7 - 11.5
14.5
13.4 - 15.5
Indigenous identity
Indigenous
12.9
9.3 - 16.6
11.1
8.8 - 13.4
16.5
13.2 - 19.8
20.4
16.8 - 24.0
Non-Indigenous
12.1
11.5 - 12.7
9.3
8.9 - 9.7
9.1
8.7 - 9.6
13.3
12.8 - 13.8
Immigrant
Immigrants
13.3
10.8 - 15.8
10.9
8.9 - 12.9
n/a
n/a
Non-immigrants
12.1
11.5 - 12.6
9.3
8.8 - 9.7
n/a
n/a
Education level
High school or less
16.8
15.8 - 17.8
13.9
13.2 - 14.7
13.8
13.0 - 14.6
18.5
17.7 - 19.4
Postsecondary
9.6
8.9 - 10.3
6.3
5.8 - 6.7
6.7
6.2 - 7.2
9.8
9.2 - 10.3
Household income
Less than $25,000
17.9
16.3 - 19.5
15.1
14.0 - 16.3
17.7
16.5 - 19.0
18.4
17.2 - 19.6
$25,000 to less than $60,000
13.0
12.0 - 13.9
10.1
9.4 - 10.7
10.3
9.6 - 11.0
14.9
14.0 - 15.7
$60,000 or more
8.9
8.1 - 9.7
5.6
5.1 - 6.2
5.1
4.6 - 5.6
9.5
8.8 - 10.2
Persons with a disability
Without disability
11.3
10.6 - 11.9
7.9
7.5 - 8.4
7.8
7.4 - 8.3
n/a
With disability
15.0
13.8 - 16.1
13.9
13.0 - 14.9
14.8
13.8 - 15.8
n/a
n/a = Not applicable / not available
S = Data was suppressed due to low respondent counts

About

This indicator is the percentage of citizens who reported that it is always or usually hard to understand written information about a medical condition or a prescription.

Source

New Brunswick Health Council, Primary Health Survey

Calculations

This indicator is calculated by dividing the number of respondents who answered "usually or always" by the number of respondents who answered "never, rarely, sometimes, usually or always" to the question: Using the same scale, how often is it hard to understand written information when you want to learn about a medical condition or a prescription?

Notes

The 2020 edition of the Primary Health Survey (PHS) was conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the pandemic did not influence the survey’s response rate, NBHC had to assess the impact of surveying during the pandemic. Accordingly, advanced statistical analyses were performed to allow for comparison between the results obtained in 2020 and those obtained in previous PHS cycles. Despite these analyses, users are advised to use the PHS 2020 data with caution, especially when creating estimates for small sub-populations or when comparing it to other PHS editions.

Unit

%

Interpretation

Lower is better

NBHC code

PH_LIT01_1