Health Literacy

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Health Literacy: an issue for life

To make good decisions about our health, we need to find, understand, appraise and apply health information.  This is the essence of good health literacy.  [Last checked: 13/07/18]

 

Toolkits

Health Literacy Toolkit

Health literacy is about people having the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence they need to be able to use health and care information and services. With Public Health England, NHS England and Community Health and Learning Foundation, Health Education England have invested in an innovative project to develop, test and implement a range of strategic and practical interventions towards improving health literacy. This Health Literacy toolkit was developed as part of this project. It contains a suite of resources that will be helpful in raising awareness of health literacy and upskilling the health, care and wider public health workforce.  [Last checked: 13/07/18]

 

Websites

Health Literacy (Society for Academic Primary Care)

UK resource by a special interest group of the Society for Academic Primary Care. Includes definitions, publications and news. [Last checked: 13/07/18]

The Literacy Place (NHS Education for Scotland)

Main source of health literacy resources in Scotland: lots of resources linked to this site. [Last checked: 13/07/18]

Local Action on Health Inequalities: Improving Health Literacy (Department of Health)

Guidance from the Department of Health. Comprehensive information on what is meant by health literacy, how it impacts on public health and methods of improvement. [Last checked: 13/07/18]

NHS Choices: Behind the Headlines News

Your guide to the science behind the news. Designed to help patients make sense of health media stories. [Last checked: 13/07/18]

National Library of Medicine: Health Literacy

National Library of Medicine resource. Includes definitions of health literacy and links to further resources. [Last checked: 13/07/18]

Royal College of General Practitioners: Health Literacy Report 2014

Report based on a workshop, good overview of topic, good practice and actions required. [Last checked: 13/07/18]