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Table 2 Summary of statistics of the DISCERN scores and readability

From: Assessment of the quality and variability of health information on chronic pain websites using the DISCERN instrument

Website characteristic Descriptive characteristics
Variable DISCERN score (Maximum Score of 80) Readability score (grade level)*
  Mean (SD) Mean (SD)
Potential for commercial gain   
Yes, n = 11 62.0 (8.0) 11.97 (2.5)
No, n = 150 55.4 (13.8) 10.85 (4.0)
Health related website seals of approval   
Yes, n = 58 59.5 (10.9) 10.3 (3.2)
No, n = 103 53.8 (14.5) 11.3 (4.2)
Language   
Only English, n = 122 56.1 (13.4) 10.8 (3.6)
English and another language(s), n = 39 54.9 (14.4) 11.2 (4.7)
Multi-media   
Yes, n = 65 55.8 (13.9) 10.40 (3.2)
No, n = 96 55.9 (13.4) 11.28 (4.2)
  1. SD = standard deviation
  2. *Based on the educational system of Ontario
  3. Elementary School: grades 1 to 8
  4. Secondary (High) School: grades 9 to 12
  5. Collegiate (Post Secondary Education): above grade 12