Health literacy is associated with health behaviour and self-reported health: A large population-based study in individuals with cardiovascular disease

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Health literacy is associated with health behaviour and self-reported health : A large population-based study in individuals with cardiovascular disease. / Aaby, Anna; Friis, Karina; Christensen, Bo; Rowlands, Gill; Maindal, Helle Terkildsen.

In: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, Vol. 24, No. 17, 11.2017, p. 1880-1888.

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title = "Health literacy is associated with health behaviour and self-reported health: A large population-based study in individuals with cardiovascular disease",
abstract = "Background Health literacy may constitute a modifiable determinant of health behaviour and affect cardiovascular disease prevention. This study investigates the associations between health literacy and health behaviour as well as health status. Design A cross-sectional study on a population-based sample of people with acute myocardial infarction, angina pectoris or stroke ( N = 3116). Methods Health literacy was assessed using two dimensions from the Health Literacy Questionnaire: 'understanding health information' and 'engaging with healthcare providers'. Health behaviour included physical activity, dietary habits, smoking, alcohol consumption and body mass index. Health status was examined using Short Form Health Survey 12 version 2 (four-week recall) (physical and mental components). We used regression analyses to examine the associations. Results 'Understanding health information' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (odds ratio (OR) 0.48 (0.39;0.59), unhealthy diet (OR 0.64 (0.47;0.88)), underweight (OR 0.43 (0.21;0.89)) and obesity (OR 0.79 (0.63;0.99)). 'Engaging with healthcare providers' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (OR 0.64 (0.53;0.77)), less than healthy diet (OR 0.79 (0.64;0.96)) and daily smoking (OR 0.81 (0.66;1.0)). An increase in 'understanding health information' as well as 'engaging with healthcare providers' was associated with an increase in both physical and mental health status. Conclusions The findings suggest that aspects of health literacy are associated with health status and health behaviour in cardiovascular patients and should be considered in interventions regarding cardiovascular disease prevention.",
keywords = "Journal Article, health literacy, cardiovascular disease, health behaviour, health status, health survey",
author = "Anna Aaby and Karina Friis and Bo Christensen and Gill Rowlands and Maindal, {Helle Terkildsen}",
year = "2017",
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doi = "10.1177/2047487317729538",
language = "English",
volume = "24",
pages = "1880--1888",
journal = "European Journal of Preventive Cardiology",
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T1 - Health literacy is associated with health behaviour and self-reported health

T2 - A large population-based study in individuals with cardiovascular disease

AU - Aaby, Anna

AU - Friis, Karina

AU - Christensen, Bo

AU - Rowlands, Gill

AU - Maindal, Helle Terkildsen

PY - 2017/11

Y1 - 2017/11

N2 - Background Health literacy may constitute a modifiable determinant of health behaviour and affect cardiovascular disease prevention. This study investigates the associations between health literacy and health behaviour as well as health status. Design A cross-sectional study on a population-based sample of people with acute myocardial infarction, angina pectoris or stroke ( N = 3116). Methods Health literacy was assessed using two dimensions from the Health Literacy Questionnaire: 'understanding health information' and 'engaging with healthcare providers'. Health behaviour included physical activity, dietary habits, smoking, alcohol consumption and body mass index. Health status was examined using Short Form Health Survey 12 version 2 (four-week recall) (physical and mental components). We used regression analyses to examine the associations. Results 'Understanding health information' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (odds ratio (OR) 0.48 (0.39;0.59), unhealthy diet (OR 0.64 (0.47;0.88)), underweight (OR 0.43 (0.21;0.89)) and obesity (OR 0.79 (0.63;0.99)). 'Engaging with healthcare providers' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (OR 0.64 (0.53;0.77)), less than healthy diet (OR 0.79 (0.64;0.96)) and daily smoking (OR 0.81 (0.66;1.0)). An increase in 'understanding health information' as well as 'engaging with healthcare providers' was associated with an increase in both physical and mental health status. Conclusions The findings suggest that aspects of health literacy are associated with health status and health behaviour in cardiovascular patients and should be considered in interventions regarding cardiovascular disease prevention.

AB - Background Health literacy may constitute a modifiable determinant of health behaviour and affect cardiovascular disease prevention. This study investigates the associations between health literacy and health behaviour as well as health status. Design A cross-sectional study on a population-based sample of people with acute myocardial infarction, angina pectoris or stroke ( N = 3116). Methods Health literacy was assessed using two dimensions from the Health Literacy Questionnaire: 'understanding health information' and 'engaging with healthcare providers'. Health behaviour included physical activity, dietary habits, smoking, alcohol consumption and body mass index. Health status was examined using Short Form Health Survey 12 version 2 (four-week recall) (physical and mental components). We used regression analyses to examine the associations. Results 'Understanding health information' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (odds ratio (OR) 0.48 (0.39;0.59), unhealthy diet (OR 0.64 (0.47;0.88)), underweight (OR 0.43 (0.21;0.89)) and obesity (OR 0.79 (0.63;0.99)). 'Engaging with healthcare providers' was inversely associated with physical inactivity (OR 0.64 (0.53;0.77)), less than healthy diet (OR 0.79 (0.64;0.96)) and daily smoking (OR 0.81 (0.66;1.0)). An increase in 'understanding health information' as well as 'engaging with healthcare providers' was associated with an increase in both physical and mental health status. Conclusions The findings suggest that aspects of health literacy are associated with health status and health behaviour in cardiovascular patients and should be considered in interventions regarding cardiovascular disease prevention.

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KW - cardiovascular disease

KW - health behaviour

KW - health status

KW - health survey

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JO - European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

JF - European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

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