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Introduction: Health literacy affects individuals’ health behaviors. When individuals possess sufficient health literacy, they will change their health behaviors to promote their health and prevent diseases. Research objectives: This study aimed to examine health literacy situation among working people in Yang Neeng subdistrict, Saraphi district, Chiang Mai province. Research methodology: This study employed a cross-sectional descriptive design. A purposive sampling technique was used to recruit 378 participants aged 18-59 years old. Data was collected using a health literacy questionnaire consisting of information access, knowledge and understanding of health, media literacy and decision making, and self-management and information communication. All of them were developed by a researcher. Content validity index and Cronbach’s alpha coefficients were 0.98 and 0.85, respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Health literacy was classified to low, moderate, and high levels. 3 Results: Results revealed that the overall health literacy is at a high level (x̄ = 26.92, SD = 6.18) with the highest level of knowledge and understanding (93.92%), followed by self-management and information communication, and understanding of health (91.01%, and 90.74%, respectively). However, information access (88.89%) needs to be improved. Conclusions: Overall, health literacy of working people was at a high level. To each aspect, health information should be improved. Implications: Findings of this study helpstudy help healthcare providers to develop accessible healthcare system to people with various channels and enable working people to attain a higher level of health literacy leading to appropriate health behaviors.
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