Health literacy and knowledge of antenatal care among pregnant women

Guler D. S., ŞAHİN S., Ozdemir K., Unsal A., Uslu Yuvacı H.

Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.29, no.6, pp.1815-1823, 2021 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/hsc.13291
  • Journal Name: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, ASSIA, Abstracts in Social Gerontology, AgeLine, CAB Abstracts, Child Development & Adolescent Studies, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo, Public Affairs Index, Social services abstracts, Sociological abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.1815-1823
  • Keywords: cross-sectional, health literacy, knowledge of antenatal care, pregnant women, The Turkish Health Literacy Scale (THLS-32)
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


© 2021 John Wiley & Sons LtdHealth literacy has a direct impact on pregnancy from the perspectives of both the mother and the baby. This study aimed to determine the level of health literacy and assess the knowledge of antenatal care among pregnant women. From among all pregnant women who presented to the hospital's obstetric polyclinic during the study's timeline, the study group consisted of 460 women who agreed to take part (492 women were invited and a response rate of 93.5% was achieved). A questionnaire prepared based on the literature in line with the study's objectives was completed by the participants under supervision. The Turkish Health Literacy Scale (THLS-32) was used to assess health literacy. In order to determine the women's prenatal care knowledge levels, a total of 20 knowledge-testing statements prepared using the literature were applied, 14 of which were true and six of which were false. The internal consistency of antenatal information questions during pregnancy was made and the Cronbach alpha coefficient was calculated as 0.77. It was determined that 33.9% of the participants had a sufficient level of health literacy. Health literacy was sufficient in young married women (19 years and less) in their first pregnancy and those who had regular reading habits, participated in healthcare activities and received postpartum care at a family health clinic (p < 0.05 for each). While the most accurately evaluated statement about antenatal care was ‘It is normal to experience nausea/vomiting in the first trimester of pregnancy’, the least accurately evaluated statement was ‘Over 35% of women incorrectly believed it was normal to gain 20 kg of weight during pregnancy’. It was found that pregnant women with sufficient health literacy had higher levels of knowledge about antenatal care (p < 0.05). In this study, it was determined that approximately two-thirds of the participants had insufficient health literacy and the women with insufficient health literacy had low levels of knowledge about antenatal care.