Health Literacy and Self-protective Behaviors from Coronavirus Disease 2019 among Nursing Students

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Prangtip Ucharattana
Pranee Tudsri
Duangnapha Bunsong


Objectives: To assess the level of health literacy, and self-protective behaviors from coronavirus disease 2019, and examine the relationship between health literacy and self-protective behaviors among nursing students. Methods: A cross-section descriptive study was conducted. The target population consisted of 677 nursing students who studied for the academic year 2021. Data were collected using a questionnaire to assess health literacy and self-protective behaviors. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients. Results: The results showed that 64.30% of nursing students reported overall health literacy at a good level. Approximately 60.90% of nursing students reported self-protective behaviors related to Covid-19 at a good level. The result also found that there was a significant correlation between health literacy and self-protective behaviors (r = .52, p < .001). Conclusion: Based on the results, nursing institutions should be concerned about health literacy among nursing students by integrating it into the nursing curriculum and developing learning-teaching methods to improve analytical thinking, information for decision, and effective communication skills.

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Ucharattana, P. ., Tudsri, P. ., & Bunsong, D. . (2022). Health Literacy and Self-protective Behaviors from Coronavirus Disease 2019 among Nursing Students. Journal of Research in Nursing-Midwifery and Health Sciences, 42(3), 14–24. Retrieved from
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