Aim: This study examined the relationships between health literacy, self-efficacy and preventive care utilization among older adults in Taiwan. Methods: The data were from a longitudinal survey, "Taiwan Longitudinal Study in Aging" in 2003 and 2007. A total of 3479 participants who completed both two waves were included for analysis. Health literacy first was constructed through education, cognitive function and disease knowledge through structural equation modeling (SEM); then, the associations of health literacy to later self-efficacy and preventive care were examined. Results: The model fit of SEM was good, indicating that the construct of health literacy was appropriate. Healthy literacy showed a moderate positive effect on self-efficacy and a small positive effect on preventive care utilization. Conclusions: Health literacy increases self-efficacy and utilization of preventive care. Promoting people's health knowledge and health literacy is suggested.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology
- Health(social science)
Chen, J. Z., Hsu, H. C., Tung, H. J., & Pan, L. Y. (2013). Effects of health literacy to self-efficacy and preventive care utilization among older adults. Geriatrics and Gerontology International, 13(1), 70-76. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1447-0594.2012.00862.x