Class Index. Level 1 Lack basic skills, unable to read medicine bottle, aware they have problem Level 2 Some basic skills, still not completely functioning. May have trouble at the grocery store, etc. Often unaware of problem
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Level 1Lack basic skills, unable to read medicine bottle, aware they have problem
Level 2Some basic skills, still not completely functioning. May have trouble at the grocery store, etc. Often unaware of problem
Level 3 Enough basic skills to complete high school and some post secondary. Minimum level needed to get by. Many adults lack this level. This level is still too low to complete complex tasks, such as job advancement.
Level 4 and 5Strong skills and able to complete complex tasks.
Prose Literacy:Understand text, such as stories or fiction
Document Literacy:Find and use information from documents
Quantities Literacy: Able to do math in your head and apply to real life, such as balancing a checker bookThe majority of Canadians are class 3, which is about a high school levelThe last 60% are level 3 or above that
Most jobs in BC require a reading level of at least level 3
Incorrect use of medicationsNearly half the respondents to the survey of the OPHA research study provided illustrations of errors in the use of over-the-counter and prescription medications as a result of literacy difficulties. CPHA says that "there are hundreds of stories of people who failed to respond to prescription drug treatment because they took the incorrect dose at the wrong time of day." The OLC cites the following example of a woman with diabetes
Safety risks in the workplace, the community and at homeThe Manitoba review of literacy and health indicated that: "Difficulty comprehending precautions on farm and recreational machinery such as all-terrain vehicles, water sleds, snowmobiles and farm equipment of all sorts, makes rural life more dangerous."