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Introduction to health literacy

Published: 25 September, 2020

Health literacy is about people having enough knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to use health information, to be active partners in their care, and to navigate health and social care systems. Therefore, to access, assess and apply health information, people need to be health literate. The health literacy levels in England are very low: 43% of 16 to 65-year-olds struggle with text-based health information; and 61% of 16 to 65-year-olds cannot understand health information that includes both text and numbers (Rowlands et al., 2015).

A new introduction to health literacy e-learning module is available to help you understand the role health literacy plays in making sure everyone can be active partners in their own care, and to navigate health and social care systems.

Check it out here:

Last updated: 18 September, 2020

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