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Medication intake and doctor's appointment behaviors are important to control diabetes mellitus and hypertension. This cross-sectional study aimed to examine the relationship between health literacy, medication intake, and doctor’s appointment behavior among patients with diabetes mellitus and hypertension in Lamphun province. Data were collected from 138 participants in May 2018, by using health literacy test and questionnaires on medication intake and doctor’s appointment behavior. The Cronbach’s alpha was 0.93 and 0.81, respectively. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics; Chi square test and Fisher’s exact test. The results of Chi-square test revealed that occupation, need for health information assistance, health information seeking, and cognition were related to medication intake behavior with statistical significance at p-value < 0.05. Moreover, need for health information assistance, health information seeking, and cognition were associated to doctor’s appointment behavior with statistical significance at p-value < 0.05. However, the results showed that most of participants had low health information seeking at 51.45 % and had need for health information assistance at 19.75 %. Therefore, health care units should publish data and information to the community with emphasis on easy access and understanding, leading to appropriate medication intake and doctor’s appointment behaviors.
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