Association between Health Literacy and Quality of Life among Elderly in the Upper Northeast of Thailand


  • Tiwakron Prachaiboon Faculty of Public Health, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University
  • Pannee Banchonhattakit Faculty of Public Health, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University
  • Petcherut Sirisuwan Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science, Roi Et Rajabhat University
  • Atchara Namuang Regional Health Promotion Centre 7 Khon kaen, Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health.
  • Natnapa Heebkaew Padchasuwan Faculty of Public Health, Khon Kaen University
  • Alongkorn Sukrueangkul Faculty of Nursing, Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University



Elderly, Health literacy, Quality of life


This is a cross-sectional analytical study that aims to study the association between health literacy and quality of life among elderly. In this study, the multistage stratified systematic random sampling was used to recruit 516 elderly samples. The data were collected by health literacy questionnaire and the World Health Organization Quality of Life questionnaire (WHOQOL-BREF) and multiple logistic regression was used for data analysis. The result revealed that factors associated with quality of life among elderly in the Upper Northeast of Thailand were adequate and excellent health literacy level (Adj. OR = 2.13; 95%CI: 1.38 - 3.28), monthly household income at 5,000-10,000 Baht (Adj. OR = 2.02; 95%CI: 1.25 - 3.27), and household income more than 10,000 Baht (Adj. OR = 4.87; 95%CI: 2.53 - 9.36), the occupation of agriculture (Adj. OR = 2.66; 95%CI: 1.68 - 4.19), the occupation of business, self-employed, government pensioner, and state enterprise (Adj. OR = 4.52; 95%CI: 1.92 - 10.63), living in municipal housing (Adj. OR = 2.09; 95%CI: 1.36 - 3.20), non-drinking alcohol (Adj. OR = 7.16; 95%CI: 4.18 - 12.28), and non-disability (Adj. OR = 2.24; 95%CI: 1.03 - 4.89). It can be concluded that the elderly had adequate and excellent levels of health literacy that were positively associated with good quality of life among the elderly. Therefore, factors such as household income, stable occupations, habitation, and drinking alcohol are important to improve the quality of life in the elderly.


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Prachaiboon T, Banchonhattakit P, Sirisuwan P, Namuang A, Heebkaew Padchasuwan N, Sukrueangkul A. Association between Health Literacy and Quality of Life among Elderly in the Upper Northeast of Thailand. Health Sci J Thai [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 1 [cited 2023 Dec. 3];4(2):48-56. Available from:



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