Health Literacy and Self-Management Among Elderly Ischemic Stroke Survivors


  • Supawadee Thitimoon Faculty of Nursing Chiangmai University
  • Nattaya Suwankruhasn Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Sirirat Panuthai Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


Self-Management, Health literacy, Elderly ischemic stroke survivors


Elderly ischemic stroke survivors with good self-management can reduce disability and complications, and prevent recurrent stroke. This correlational descriptive research investigated health literacy, self-management, and the correlation between health literacy and self-management in elderly ischemic stroke survivors. The participants were 88 older persons, diagnosed with ischemic stroke for 6 months or longer, who received treatment at a sub-district Health Promoting Hospital. Research instruments for data collection included the Personal and Illness Information Questionnaire, the Health Literacy for Elderly Ischemic Stroke Survivors Questionnaire, and the Self-Management for Elderly Ischemic Stroke Survivors Questionnaire. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson’s product-moment correlation.

        The results showed that health literacy among elderly ischemic stroke survivors was moderate ( = 39.56, S.D. = 7.89). Self-management among elderly ischemic stroke survivors was high ( = 93.60, S.D. = 9.81). Health literacy was positively and statistically correlated with self-management at a moderate level (r = .386, p = .001).

        The results of this study provide basic information for health professionals to support self-management through promoting health literacy among elderly ischemic stroke survivors for enhancing health literacy.


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