Health Literacy and Self-management Among Elderly Monks with Hypertension


  • Sutthinan Codrington Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Sirirat Panuthai Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Totsaporn Khampolsiri Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


Health literacy, Self-management, Elderly monks with hypertension


Health literacy is an essential factor for more effective self-management especially among elderly monks with hypertension. This correlation descriptive research aimed to investigate overall health literacy, functional literacy, communicative/interactive literacy, critical literacy, self-management, and the association between health literacy and self-management among elderly monks with hypertension. Participants in this study were elderly monks with hypertension attending outpatient department of a university hospital and community hospitals in Chiang Mai province. The 90 participants were selected using purposive sampling. The research instruments used in this study were a demographic data and illness recording form, health literacy of elderly monks with hypertension, and self-management of elderly monks with hypertension. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson’s product-moment correlation, and Spearman’s correlation. The results showed that the participants had moderate levels of overall health literacy, functional literacy, and communicative/interactive literacy and self-management, while critical literacy was at a low level. Overall health literacy, functional literacy, communicative/interactive literacy, and critical literacy had a positive correlation with self-management at a moderate level (r = .552, .463, .526, and .419, respectively) The results from this study can serve as database information for health care practitioners who look after elderly monks with hypertension to encourage self-management through health literacy enhancement.


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