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Relationship between Health Literacy and Language Environment among Elderly Japanese-Brazilian

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  • ブラジル在住日系高齢者のヘルスリテラシーと言語環境との関連
  • ブラジル ザイジュウ ニッケイ コウレイシャ ノ ヘルスリテラシー ト ゲンゴ カンキョウ ト ノ カンレン

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<p>Health Literacy (HL) is defined as individual’s skill in finding and applying the health information. Little is known about health literacy among Japanese-Brazilian. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between HL and language environment among elderly Japanese-Brazilian in South Brazil. The study design was a cross-sectional study, and language environment, life environment and HL were investigated by the questionnaires. Among 52 subjects, 28 were female. Age and HL scores were opposite correlation (p<0.05). It suggests that older Japanese-Brazilian were inadequate HL. The HL of Portuguese speakers was more adequate than that of only Japanese speakers. Therefore, it is necessary to give appropriate information according to HL level in elderly Japanese-Brazilian.</p>

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