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Table 2 Distribution of the study population by level of health literacy and basic factors

From: Level of health literacy and factors associated with it among school teachers in an education zone in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Characteristics Limited health literacy Adequate health literacy Total (n = 502) Significance
No. % No. % No. %
Age category
 Less than or equal to 45 101 36.7% 174 63.3% 275 100.0% χ2 = 5
df = 1
 Above 45a 62 27.3% 165 72.7% 227 100.0% p = 0.025
OR = 1.6 (95% CI 1.1–2.3)
Period in the service as a teacher
 Less than or equal to 10 years 68 39.8% 103 60.2% 171 100.0% χ2 = 6.3
df = 1
 More than 10 yearsa 95 28.7% 236 71.3% 331 100.0% p = 0.012
OR = 1.6 (95% CI 1.1–2.4)
Being a member of health club/welfare group in their community within last six months
 No 134 36.3% 235 63.7% 369 100.0% χ2 = 9.4
df = 1
 Yesa 29 21.8% 104 78.2% 133 100.0% p = 0.002
OR = 2.1 (95% CI 1.3–3.2)
Done any special course in health related subjects within last six months
 No 156 34.2% 300 65.8% 456 100.0% χ2 = 6.9
df = 1
 Yesa 7 15.2% 39 84.8% 46 100.0% p = 0.009
OR = 2.9 (95% CI 1.3–6.6)
Participated/exposed to any awareness program related to health within last six months
 No 111 37.1% 188 62.9% 299 100.0% χ2 = 7.3
df = 1
 Yesa 52 25.6% 151 74.4% 203 100.0% p = 0.007
OR = 1.7 (95%CI 1.2–2.5)
Visited a medical practitioner or met with a member of the preventive health team to obtain medical treatment/ health advice during last six months
 Yes 121 35.3% 222 64.7% 343 100.0% χ2 = 3.9
df = 1
 Noa 42 26.4% 117 73.6% 159 100.0% p = 0.049
OR = 1.5 (95% CI 1.0–2.3)
Mass media mode accessed to obtain general information- Print media (newspapers, magazines)
 No 34 45.9% 40 54.1% 74 100.0% χ2 = 7.4
df = 1
 Yesa 126 29.9% 295 70.1% 421 100.0% p = 0.007
OR = 2.0 (95% CI 1.2–3.3)
Mass media mode accessed to obtain health related information- Print media (newspapers, magazines)
 No 61 40.7% 89 59.3% 150 100.0% χ2 = 6.8
df = 1
 Yesa 99 28.7% 246 71.3% 345 100.0% p = 0.009
OR = 1.7 (95% CI 1.1–2.5)
Level of knowledge on health
 Poor Knowledge 117 35.7% 211 64.3% 328 100.0% χ2 = 4.4
df = 1
 Good Knowledgea 46 26.4% 128 73.6% 174 100.0% p = 0.036
OR = 1.5 (95% CI 1.0–2.3)
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