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Coronavirus-related health literacy and perceived restrictiveness of protective measures among community-dwelling older persons in Finland (2021)


Eronen, J., Paakkari, L., Portegijs, E., & Rantanen, T. (2021). Coronavirus-related health literacy and perceived restrictiveness of protective measures among community-dwelling older persons in Finland. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research, 33(8), 2345-2353. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40520-021-01928-6


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All authors or editors: Eronen, Johanna; Paakkari, Leena; Portegijs, Erja; Rantanen, Taina

Journal or series: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research

ISSN: 1594-0667

eISSN: 1720-8319

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 33

Issue number: 8

Pages range: 2345-2353

Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC

Publication country: Switzerland

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s40520-021-01928-6

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/77056


Abstract

Background
Older people with limited health literacy may encounter difficulties in finding relevant information on COVID-19, understanding its relevance, and complying with recommended protective measures. Complying with such recommendations has required older as well as younger persons to change their daily lives in ways that have reduced their opportunities for engaging in many activities meaningful to them.

Aims
To find out from what sources older people have obtained information on protective measures, the level of their coronavirus-related health literacy (CHL), and whether CHL is associated with their perceptions of the restrictiveness of coronavirus-related protective measures.

Methods
696 Finnish men and women aged over 77 answered a mailed questionnaire on their CHL, sources of information and perceptions of the restrictiveness of the recommended protective measures. The association of CHL with perceived restrictiveness was studied using multinomial logistic regression analysis.

Results
Television and newspapers were the most frequently reported sources of information. Reporting high confidence in the ability to assess how one’s behavior influences coronavirus infection risk was associated with higher odds of perceiving the protective measures to be highly restrictive, when controlling for age, gender, and difficulty in using digital devices (OR 3.21, 95% CI 1.09, 9.46).

Discussion
Participants who reported being highly confident about their ability to appraise the influence of their behavior on their susceptibility to coronavirus infection were more likely to perceive that the recommended protective measures had restricted their daily lives.

Conclusions
Health literacy plays a role in complying with recommended restrictions.


Keywords: senior citizens; elderly; health education skills; health behaviour; communicable diseases; COVID-19; information sources; protecting oneself; gerontology

Free keywords: aging; health promotion; gerontology; COVID-19; participation


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