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Health literacy and its correlates in the context of one health approach in Tanzania

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dc.contributor.author Muhanga, M
dc.contributor.author Malungo, J.R.S
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-06T07:44:23Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-06T07:44:23Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.issn 0856-9037
dc.identifier.uri http://www.suaire.suanet.ac.tz:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/2765
dc.description Article published in a journal titled: Journal of Co-operative and Business Studies (JCBS), Vol. 1, Issue 1, 2018 en_US
dc.description.abstract Health literacy is an important predictor of health outcomes, health care costs and utilization, yet most countries, Tanzania inclusive, lack health literacy measurements in their health datasets. A cross-sectional study was conducted in Morogoro urban and Mvomero districts in Morogoro, Tanzania to assess health literacy and its correlates in the interface of humans, animals and the environment. The sample comprised of 240 respondents was obtained through a multistage sampling procedure. A structured questionnaire administered through a Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) electronic platform was used to collect data. Health literacy was measured using a context specific One Health Literacy Assessment Tool (OHLT) developed to capture health related aspects reflecting the interactions of humans, animals and the environment. The study used IBM-SPSS (v20) and Gretl software to analyse quantitative data. The results revealed that 36.3% of the respondents had Inadequate Health Literacy, followed with Marginal Health Literacy at 30.8% and Adequate Health Literacy standing at 32.9%. Pearson coefficient correlation revealed health literacy correlating to group of attitudes (r=0.135, p<0.01), levels of engagement in health-related discussion (r=0.609, p<0.05), health behaviours categories (r=-0.648, p<0.05) and category of information seeking (r=0.753, p<0.05). Efforts should be made by the government and non-governmental organizations to promote health literacy in the context of One Health Approach through mass awareness given its importance towards realization of optimal health for humans, animals and the environment. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Intra ACP Academic Mobility Scheme en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Co-operative and Business Studies en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Co-operative and Business Studies;1
dc.subject health literacy en_US
dc.subject Correlates en_US
dc.subject one health approach en_US
dc.subject Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing en_US
dc.subject One Health Literacy Assessment Tool en_US
dc.title Health literacy and its correlates in the context of one health approach in Tanzania en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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