What is it about?

This study investigates factors influencing health literacy among patients with chronic diseases and explores nurses' perceptions of health literacy. Conducted across three public hospitals in Indonesia, the research combines quantitative and qualitative methods to assess patients' health literacy levels and understand nurses' perspectives. Results show that factors such as age, education, occupation, income, and internet access are linked to health literacy levels among patients. Notably, a significant proportion of participants exhibit problematic or inadequate health literacy. Interviews with nurses confirm these findings and highlight their awareness of patients' engagement with social media and activities. However, nurses still lack a comprehensive understanding of health literacy terminology.

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Why is it important?

In the era of increasing digital health information and the prevalence of chronic diseases, understanding health literacy among patients is crucial for effective healthcare delivery. This study contributes to the growing body of literature by examining the multifaceted factors influencing health literacy among chronic disease patients in Indonesia. By integrating quantitative and qualitative methods, the research provides comprehensive insights into patients' health literacy levels and nurses' perceptions, offering valuable guidance for healthcare professionals to tailor interventions and improve health outcomes.


As a healthcare provider, I recognize the importance of addressing health literacy challenges, particularly among patients with chronic diseases. This study underscores the complex interplay of sociodemographic factors and access to information in shaping patients' health literacy levels. By shedding light on these dynamics and highlighting nurses' perspectives, this research informs strategies to enhance patient education and communication, ultimately empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health. As we strive for patient-centered care, understanding and addressing health literacy gaps are essential steps toward achieving better health outcomes and promoting health equity.

Mr Ferry Efendi
Universitas Airlangga

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This page is a summary of: Health literacy and associated factors among patients with chronic diseases in Indonesia, Journal of Public Health, August 2023, Springer Science + Business Media,
DOI: 10.1007/s10389-023-02035-8.
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