Effects of Social Support Combined with the Health Literacy Enhancement Program on Stress and Prevention Behavior of Coronavirus Disease 2019 among Village Health Volunteers in Ubon Ratchathani Province

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waratip kankarn
Intanin Chuaboonchai
Sirikorn Sutawanatcha


Background and Objective: Village Public Health Volunteers (VHVs) are an important force in conducting surveillance and control of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the community. The current study aimed to study the effects of social support combined with the health literacy enhancement programs on stress and prevention behavior COVID-19 among VHVs in Ubon Ratchathani province.

Methods: This study was a quasi-experimental type with two groups pretest-posttest design. The samples were VHVs with moderate to high levels of stress and were aged 25 to 59 years, randomly selected. They were divided into experimental and control groups of 55 people each. The control group received standard care from the Sub-District Health Promoting Hospital. The experimental group participated in a social support program combined with the promotion of health literacy. Follow-up was 6 months using the stress assessment form and preventive behaviors from the COVID-19.

Results: After the experiment, the results showed that the experimental group had a mean score on disease prevention behaviors COVID 19 and stress levels statistically different from the control group at .05 level.

Conclusion: Social support combined with the health literacy enhancement  makes VHVs increased covid-19 prevention behaviors and reduced stress levels.


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kankarn waratip, Chuaboonchai I, Sutawanatcha S. Effects of Social Support Combined with the Health Literacy Enhancement Program on Stress and Prevention Behavior of Coronavirus Disease 2019 among Village Health Volunteers in Ubon Ratchathani Province. SRIMEDJ [Internet]. 2022 Jun. 24 [cited 2022 Oct. 5];37(3):254-60. Available from: https://li01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/SRIMEDJ/article/view/254059
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