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Kamalipour M, ashkani N, Choobin N, Esmaeel Zadeh Z. Evaluation of Health Literacy Adults in Jahrom. jpm. 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
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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. Therefore, the present research aimed to look into the level of adults’ health literacy in Jahrom in 2015. 
Methods: The present applied research which was descriptive/analytical and cross-sectional in type was conducted on 502 adults (above 18 years of age) in Jahrom selected through a convenient sampling method. The data collection instrument was a standardized test of health literacy in adults (TOFHLA). The data entered SPSS v.19 for the required statistical analyses. Descriptive statistics, independent-sample t-test and one-way ANOVA were employed to analyze the data.
Results: The mean age of subjects was 31±10.85 years. 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: Overall, the present findings 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, easy and comprehensible educational media and materials so as to improve their health literacy.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2019/08/4 | Accepted: 2019/08/4 | Published: 2019/08/4

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