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Association of health literacy with health information‐seeking preference in older people: A correlational, descriptive study

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  • Su Hyun Kim
  • Sonja Utz

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Low health literacy has been recognized as a potential barrier to obtaining knowledge and maintaining self‐care in older people. However, little is known about information‐seeking preference in relation to health literacy among older people. The aim of the present study was to understand the influence of health literacy on the information‐seeking preference of older people. A total of 129 community‐residing Korean older people completed a survey in 2016. The findings revealed that health literacy was a significant predictor of information‐seeking preference in older people after controlling for demographic and illness variables. Our study highlights the important need to incorporate strategies to increase the desire for information seeking in older people, in addition to adopting communication strategies that address low health literacy.

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  • Su Hyun Kim & Sonja Utz, 2018. "Association of health literacy with health information‐seeking preference in older people: A correlational, descriptive study," Nursing & Health Sciences, John Wiley & Sons, vol. 20(3), pages 355-360, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:nuhsci:v:20:y:2018:i:3:p:355-360
    DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12413
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