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Biomedical Literacy in the United States: Exploring the borderland between science and citizenship
Unformatted Document Text:  18 Table 1: Questions Used in Index of Biomedical Literacy, 1999. Percent correct Open-ended definition of scientific study 21 Open-ended explanation of experiment 35 Multi-part question on probability (1 in 4) 55 Open-ended definition of DNA 29 Open-ended definition of molecule 13 Agree that "The oxygen we breathe comes from plants" 85 Disagree that "Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria" 45 Agree that "It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl” 66 Disagree that “The earliest humans lived at the same time as the dinosaurs” 51 Number of respondents 1882

Authors: Miller, Jon. and Kimmel, Linda.
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Table 1: Questions Used in Index of Biomedical Literacy, 1999.
Percent
correct
Open-ended definition of scientific study
21
Open-ended explanation of experiment
35
Multi-part question on probability (1 in 4)
55
Open-ended definition of DNA
29
Open-ended definition of molecule
13
Agree that "The oxygen we breathe comes from plants"
85
Disagree that "Antibiotics kill viruses as well as bacteria"
45
Agree that "It is the father’s gene that decides whether the baby is a boy or a girl”
66
Disagree that “The earliest humans lived at the same time as the dinosaurs”
51
Number of respondents
1882


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