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Analysis on status of health literacy among urban residents in Xi’an City,2013
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Pages: 41-44,53
Year: Issue:  1
Journal: Chinese Journal of Health Education

Keyword:  Health literacyRural residentsStatusInfluence factors;
Abstract: Objective To understand the situation of health literacyamong rural residentsin Xi’an,and analysis the main influence factors.Methods Using multistage stratified random cluster sampling,1386 residents from 7 countries and areas in Xi’an were investigated with the questionnaire of health literacy.Results A total of 1270 people were investi-gated of which 615 were male and 655 were female.The overall of adjusted health literacy (AHL)among rural residentswas 4.4%.The AHL rates in the 3 health-literacy-related aspects as basic health concept and knowledge,healthy lifestyle and behaviors and health related skills were 10.8%,6.3% and 7.7%,respectively.The AHL rates of 6 health issues as safety and first aid,attitude towards health,infectious diseases prevention,health information,basic medical care,and chronic diseases prevention among rural residents were 38.9%,24.0%,14.6%,11.5%,6.0% and 5.8%,respectively.The overall AHL rate and the AHL rates in the literacy-related aspects were higher among the female than among the males except basic health concept and knowledge.Higher HL was found in the residents under 35 years old.The higher the education level of the respondents,the higher the proportion of AHL was found.The AHL of famers were lower than that of other occupa-tions.Conclusion The basic health literacy among rural residents in Xi’an is lower.The AHL rats are different among the residents in different genders,ages,education level and household income respectively.
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