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monografie
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Title
Health literacy : the solid facts / editors Ilona Kickbusch, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Franklin Apfel, Agis D. Tsouros
Author
Kickbusch, Ilona, 1948- (Editor)
Pelikan, Jürgen M., 1940- (Editor)
Apfel, Franklin (Editor)
Tsouros, Agis D. (Editor)
Date of issue
2013
Publisher
Copenhagen : World Health Organization, 2013
Physical description
73 stran
Language
angličtina
Country
Dánsko
Document type
monografie
ISBN
978-92-890-00154
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NLK: online
Record number
MED00190551
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Abstract
This publication makes the case for policy action to strengthen health literacy. Evidence, including the results of the European Health Literacy Survey, is presented that supports a wider and relational whole-of-society approach to health literacy that considers both an individual’s level of health literacy and the complexities of the contexts within which people act. The data from the European Health Literacy Survey show that nearly half the Europeans surveyed have inadequate or problematic health literacy. Weak health literacy skills are associated with riskier behaviour, poorer health, less self-management and more hospitalization and costs. Strengthening health literacy has been shown to build individual and community resilience, help address health inequities and improve health and well-being. Practical and effective ways public health and other sectoral authorities and advocates can take action to strengthen health literacy in a variety of settings are identified. Specific evidence is presented for educational settings, workplaces, marketplaces, health systems, new and traditional media and political arenas.
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