Health Literacy Research in Malaysia: Health Literacy and Other Aging Challenges among Malaysian Public Employees

Tin Tin Su, Nor Hana Ahmad Bahuri, Mas Ayu Said

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This report focuses on a study that addresses the role of health literacy in the challenges surrounding aging. The study was conducted among n=533 public employees ages 40 to 60 years old in Johor state, Malaysia. The validated Malay version of World Health Organization Quality of Life Instrument (WHOQOL-BREF) and the Short-Form Health Literacy Instrument (HLS-SF12) were used to assess perceived quality of life and general health literacy respectively. The WHOQOL-BREF comprises 26 items with six outcomes and the HLS-SF12 consists 12 items. This study provides an overview of participant quality of life, which was operationalized as a precondition of active aging. The participants' preconditions related to active aging were worrisome as 28% perceived their quality of life as poor and 34% were dissatisfied with their health. More positively, health literacy was found to be a significant determinant that may enable active aging.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Literacy in Clinical Practice and Public Health
Subtitle of host publicationNew Initiatives and Lessons Learned at the Intersection with other Disciplines
EditorsRobert A. Logan, Elliot R. Siegel
Place of PublicationNetherlands
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781643680743
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


  • Ability for active aging
  • Active aging
  • Health Literacy
  • Older adult
  • Quality of life

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