Abstract: Background and Objective: Oral health literacy is an emerging focus of public health research and has been found to be an important
predictor of oral health outcomes. Data on oral health literacy in Indonesia, which is the worlds 4th most populous country is absent from
the literature. The objective of this pilot study was to develop an Indonesian version of the Health Literacy in Dentistry (HeLD) instrument
and to analyze its reliability among undergraduate students. Materials and Methods: The HeLD questionnaire was back translated into
Indonesian. The 29 items of the HeLD scale were used to assess the components of oral health literacy. The reliability of the HeLD domains
(receptivity, understanding, support, economic barriers, access, communication and utilization) were evaluated in undergraduate students
from the University of Indonesia. Results: Three hundred and eighty one students completed the questionnaire. The mean total HeLD
score was 3.3±0.57. Oral health literacy was higher among female students and those studying in health-related fields. All domains
had high internal consistency (Cronbachs alpha = 0.94). The Spearmans correlation coefficients between the seven domains of HeLD
were significant (all p<0.001). Conclusion: The Indonesian version of the HeLD appears to be a reliable instrument. Future studies should
complement its psychometric testing and extend its application to various communities.
Anton Rahardjo, Muhammad Nur Wachid, Melissa Adiatman, Yuniardini S. Wimardhani and Diah Ayu Maharani, 2016. Health Literacy in Dentistry Among Undergraduate Students in Indonesia. Asian Journal of Epidemiology, 9: 24-29.