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Sedghi S, ashoori mhranjani F, asadzandi S. Health Literacy among Iranian MS patients. jha. 2019; 22 (1) :78-90
URL: http://jha.iums.ac.ir/article-1-2863-en.html
1- Librarianship and Medical Information Science, School of Health Management and Information Science, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Librarianship and Medical Information Sciences, School of Health Management and Information Sciences, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; , forouzanashoori@gmail.com
3- Medical Library and information sciences, School of Health Management and Information Science, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Introduction: Health literacy includes a set of reading, access, comprehension, assessment and decision-making skills and the ability to apply them to health situations. The aim of this study was to assess the level of health literacy among MS patients in Iran.
Methods: This descriptive-analytic survey was conducted in Iranian MS Society. The population consisted of all MS patients, 384 of whom were selected through convenient sampling method. Data were collected using health literacy questionnaire for Iranian adults. The results were analyzed using SPSS-IBM version 23 and descriptive statistics (mean, standard deviation) and inferential statistics (Kruskal Wallis and Mann-Whitney tests) were used.
Results:  According to the findings, the average age of the patients was 30.62, and most of the participants (75%) had bachelor or low school degrees -based on educational system in Iran. The mean score of health literacy among the patients was 2. In addition, health literacy in terms of reading, access, understanding, evaluation and decision making were 2 (favorable), 1.2 (relatively favorable), 1.6 (perfectly desirable), 2 (favorable) and 1.2 (fairly favorable), respectively. There was also a statistically significant difference between the mean scores of health literacy in women and men and their educational level.
Conclusion: Based on the findings, it is concluded that high level of health literacy helps MS patients encounter their problems and effectively manage the critical situations
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Medical Librarianship and Information Science
Received: 2018/11/19 | Accepted: 2019/09/24 | Published: 2019/09/24

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