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Pages: 7364-7370
Publication year: 2015
ISBN: 978-84-606-5763-7
ISSN: 2340-1079

Conference name: 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
Dates: 2-4 March, 2015
Location: Madrid, Spain

HEALTH LITERACY AND ITS SOCIOECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC DETERMINANTS

M. Cunha1, L. Saboga Nunes2, C. Albuquerque1, O. Ribeiro1, A. Andrade1, A. Pereira3

1Escola Superior de Saúde, IPViseu (PORTUGAL)
2Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública, UL (PORTUGAL)
3Universidade de Aveiro (PORTUGAL)
Introduction:
Health literacy has been understood as a set of skills and the ability that individuals have to obtain, process and comprehend basic health information which is essential for them to make decisions related to their health.

Objective:
To analyse the effect of the sociodemographic and economic conditions on health literacy.

Methods:
A descriptive and transversal study with a sample of 508 Portuguese citizens, with an average age of 44.48 years that answered the European Health Literacy Survey in Portuguese (HLS-EU-PT), Saboga-Nunes and Sorensen (2013).

Results:
We found that the overall of participants (73.62%) have an inappropriate level of health literacy, and this was significantly lower in women, elderly, and in participants with lower education, of low social strata and low income.

Conclusions:
The results confirm a significant association between sociodemographic and economic determinants and the level of health literacy. These results reveal how important education and health literacy are in an effort to empower citizens to adopt healthier lifestyles.
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author = {Cunha, M. and Saboga Nunes, L. and Albuquerque, C. and Ribeiro, O. and Andrade, A. and Pereira, A.},
title = {HEALTH LITERACY AND ITS SOCIOECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC DETERMINANTS},
series = {9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference},
booktitle = {INTED2015 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-606-5763-7},
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location = {Madrid, Spain},
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year = {2015},
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AU - M. Cunha AU - L. Saboga Nunes AU - C. Albuquerque AU - O. Ribeiro AU - A. Andrade AU - A. Pereira
TI - HEALTH LITERACY AND ITS SOCIOECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC DETERMINANTS
SN - 978-84-606-5763-7/2340-1079
PY - 2015
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CI - Madrid, Spain
JO - 9th International Technology, Education and Development Conference
JA - INTED2015 Proceedings
SP - 7364
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M. Cunha, L. Saboga Nunes, C. Albuquerque, O. Ribeiro, A. Andrade, A. Pereira (2015) HEALTH LITERACY AND ITS SOCIOECONOMIC AND DEMOGRAPHIC DETERMINANTS, INTED2015 Proceedings, pp. 7364-7370.
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