Associations between Health Literacy and Smoking Cessation Assistance Behavior among Village Health Volunteers, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province

Authors

  • Tanawat Ruamsook Community Health Nursing Department, College of Nursing and Health, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University
  • Araya Tipwong Community Health Nursing Department, College of Nursing and Health, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University
  • Premwadee Karuhadej College of Nursing and Health, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University

Keywords:

Helping Smoking Cessation, Village Health Volunteers (VHV), Health Literacy

Abstract

Smoking is a preventable cause of disease and death. As health personnel, village health volunteers (VHVs) play an important role in providing assistance to people wishing to quit smoking. The objective of this research was to study the relationship between health literacy and smoking cessation assistance behavior among village health volunteers in Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province. Study subjects were 400 village health volunteers in Amphawa District selected by simple random sampling. A questionnaire was used to collect data on respondent demographics, health literacy, and smoking cessation behavior. Responses were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation Coefficient.

Findings showed that respondents had a moderate level of health literacy and helping smoking cessation behavior. Health literacy was highly positively related to helping smoking cessation behavior with a statistical significance level of <.05 and correlation coefficient (r) of .869.

The findings of this study suggest that activities that promote health literacy should be developed to increase village health volunteers’ smoking cessation assistance behavior.

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Published

2019-12-01

How to Cite

Ruamsook, T., Tipwong, A., & Karuhadej, P. (2019). Associations between Health Literacy and Smoking Cessation Assistance Behavior among Village Health Volunteers, Amphawa District, Samut Songkhram Province. Journal of Public Health Nursing, 33(Online), 37–50. Retrieved from https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/phn/article/view/242006

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