Health literacy in Taiwan: A population-based study

Van Tuyen Duong, I. Feng Lin, Kristine Sorensen, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Stephan Van Den Broucke, Ying Chin Lin, Peter Wushou Chang

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Abstract

Data on health literacy (HL) in the population is limited for Asian countries. This study aimed to test the validity of the Mandarin version of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q) for use in the general public in Taiwan. Multistage stratification random sampling resulted in a sample of 2989 people aged 15 years and above. The HLS-EU-Q was validated by confirmatory factor analysis with excellent model data fit indices. The general HL of the Taiwanese population was 34.4 ± 6.6 on a scale of 50. Multivariate regression analysis showed that higher general HL is significantly associated with the higher ability to pay for medication, higher self-perceived social status, higher frequency of watching health-related TV, and community involvement but associated with younger age. HL is also associated with health status, health behaviors, and health care accessibility and use. The HLS-EU-Q was found to be a useful tool to assess HL and its associated factors in the general population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)871-880
Number of pages10
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume27
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2015

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Health Literacy
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Health Behavior
Health Surveys
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Statistical Factor Analysis
Multivariate Analysis
Regression Analysis
Delivery of Health Care
Health

Keywords

  • age
  • health literacy
  • health-related TV
  • HLS-EU-Qs
  • Taiwan

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Duong, V. T., Lin, I. F., Sorensen, K., Pelikan, J. M., Van Den Broucke, S., Lin, Y. C., & Chang, P. W. (2015). Health literacy in Taiwan: A population-based study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, 27(8), 871-880. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539515607962

Health literacy in Taiwan : A population-based study. / Duong, Van Tuyen; Lin, I. Feng; Sorensen, Kristine; Pelikan, Jürgen M.; Van Den Broucke, Stephan; Lin, Ying Chin; Chang, Peter Wushou.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27, No. 8, 01.11.2015, p. 871-880.

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Duong, VT, Lin, IF, Sorensen, K, Pelikan, JM, Van Den Broucke, S, Lin, YC & Chang, PW 2015, 'Health literacy in Taiwan: A population-based study', Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 871-880. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539515607962
Duong VT, Lin IF, Sorensen K, Pelikan JM, Van Den Broucke S, Lin YC et al. Health literacy in Taiwan: A population-based study. Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2015 Nov 1;27(8):871-880. https://doi.org/10.1177/1010539515607962
Duong, Van Tuyen ; Lin, I. Feng ; Sorensen, Kristine ; Pelikan, Jürgen M. ; Van Den Broucke, Stephan ; Lin, Ying Chin ; Chang, Peter Wushou. / Health literacy in Taiwan : A population-based study. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2015 ; Vol. 27, No. 8. pp. 871-880.
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