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Table 1 Proportion of correct responses to “key knowledge” questions

From: Poor disease knowledge is associated with higher healthcare service use and costs among patients with cirrhosis: an exploratory study

“Key knowledge” questions N = 123 (%)
1. Do you have cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)?* 98 (87.5%)
2. What type of liver disease do you have?** 104 (85.2%)
3. People who have cirrhosis should not drink alcohol 115 (93.5%)
4. It is safe for people with cirrhosis to take sleeping tablets and calmatives without discussing it with their liver doctor 61 (49.6%)
5. It is safe for people with cirrhosis to take natural remedies, herbs, or supplements without discussing it with their liver doctor 59 (48.0%)
6. For people with cirrhosis who have minor aches or pains, the following over-the-counter medications are safe to take:¥
(1) naproxen; (2) paracetamol; (3) ibuprofen; (4) aspirin; (5) diclofenac
39 (40.6%)
7. When should people with cirrhosis be screened for liver cancer? (1) Never, people with cirrhosis are not at increased risk for liver cancer; (2) People with cirrhosis should be screened for liver cancer when their cirrhosis is decompensated; (3) People with cirrhosis should have an ultrasound every 6 months to screen for liver cancer; (4) I don’t know 75 (62.0%)
8. People with cirrhosis have an ultrasound every 6 months in order to:
(1) Determine liver function; (2) Look for gallstones; (3) Look for liver cancer; (4) I don’t know
41 (33.9%)
  1. *Data was missing for 11 patients
  2. **Data was missing for 1 patient
  3. ¥Examples of commonly used commercial names of medications were included in the survey provided to patients; 21 patients noted that they did not take the listed over-the-counter medications and data was missing for 6 patients
  4. Data was missing for 2 patients