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Volume 6, Issue 1 (8-2019)                   J Prevent Med 2019, 6(1): 25-19 | Back to browse issues page

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Kamalipour M, ashkani N, Choobin N, Esmaeel Zadeh Z. Evaluation of Adults Health Literacy in Jahrom. J Prevent Med. 2019; 6 (1) :25-19
URL: http://jpm.hums.ac.ir/article-1-332-en.html
1- BSc, Health Information Technology, Jiroft University of Medical Sciences, Jiroft, Iran
2- Health Information Technology, Jahrom University of Medical Sciences, Fars, Iran
3- Health Information Technology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
4- Health Information Technology, Fasa University of Medical Sciences, Fasa, Iran
Abstract:   (2314 Views)
Introduction: Health literacy refers to one’s capability of acquisition, interpretation, and comprehension of the primary health care information that is essential for a proper decision-making. The present research aimed to evaluate the level of adults' health literacy in Jahrom in 2015. 
Methods: The present descriptive and cross-sectional study which was applied in type, conducted on 502 adults (above 18 years of age) who were selected through convenient sampling method in Jahrom. The data collection instrument was a standardized performance health literacy in adults questionnaire. Data were analyzed by SPSS software using independent t-test and one-way ANOVA.
Results: Based on the TOFHLA questionnaire, the health literacy of 82.62% of the adult subjects was adequate while that of 17.37% was close to the cut-off point. No statistically significant correlation was observed between health literacy and sex, age, and income. However, health literacy showed to be significantly correlated with education.
Conclusion: The present study showed an inadequate level of health literacy among the majority of subjects. Therefore, there is a need to assist those of low health literacy by developing comprehensive plans and easy and comprehensible educational media and materials to improve their health literacy.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2018/10/2 | Accepted: 2019/02/6 | Published: 2019/02/6

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