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Research & Key publications (33) 

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9th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016 Policy brief 4: Health Literacy 
Non-UK

This is a short overview paper on health literacy written by Don Nutbeam for WHO in early 2016. This forms part of the preparatory work for the up-coming WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai in November 2016. This shows that health literacy now sits at the heart of the strategy proposed by WHO for global health.

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Search tags: Literacy, Numeracy, Social capital 

9th Global conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016 Policy brief 4: Health Literacy 
Non-UK

This is a short overview paper on health literacy written by Don Nutbeam for WHO in early 2016. This forms part of the preparatory work for the up-coming WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai in November 2016. This shows that health literacy now sits at the heart of the strategy proposed by WHO for global health.

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Search tags: Literacy, Numeracy, Social capital 

Adult literacy and numeracy, social capital, learner identities and self-confidence 
UK 

This paper explores the interconnections between literacies learning, self-confidence, identity as a learner and social capital. It draws from a two-phased study of over 600 literacy and numeracy learners in Scotland that examined various aspects of their learning experiences and their perceptions of the impact that learning had on their lives.

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Does Numeracy Matter More? 
England 

Most people recognise that a low level of literacy skill can make it difficult to function effectively in adult life, but it is often assumed that numeracy (i.e. being able to deal competently with numbers, tables and graphs) is less important than literacy. This study was designed to test whether this is in fact the case.

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Effects of evidence-based strategies to reduce the socioeconomic gradient of uptake in the English NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme (ASCEND): four cluster randomised controlled trials 
England 

Health Literacy was one of the four elements studied.

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European Health Forum Gastein, 11 chosen talks and interviews 
Europe 

This report is in Polish and when the translation is completed, it will be added. 

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Health Literacy 
Non-UK 

This article gives an overview of health literacy. 

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Health literacy and chronic disease management: drawing from expert knowledge to set an agenda 
England  

This article follows an Expert Roundtable to review the current state of health literacy research and practice, and make recommendations about refining its definition, expanding its measurement and integrating best practices into chronic disease management.

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Search tags: Chronic disease, Long term illness 

Health literacy as a public health goal: a challenge for contemporary health education and communication strategies into the 21st century 
Non-UK   

This paper identifies the failings of past educational programs to address social and economic determinants of health, and traces the subsequent reduction in the role of health education in contemporary health promotion.

 

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Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: An updated Systematic Review
Non-UK   

This paper updated a 2004 systematic review of health care service use and health outcomes related to differences in health literacy level and interventions designed to improve these outcomes for individuals with low health literacy.

 

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How do people interpret information about colorectal cancer screening: observations from a think-aloud study 
England  

This study includes an examination of the impact of low health literacy on the uptake of bowel cancer screening.

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Literacy and Health Outcomes: A systematic review of the literature 
Non-UK  

A review of the relationship between literacy and health outcomes. 

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National Statement on Health Literacy: Taking action to improve safety and quality 
Non-UK 

This statement:

  • highlights the importance of health literacy in ensuring safe and high-quality care

  • supports the need for a coordinated and collaborative approach within the health sector and across sectors to systematically address health literacy

  • describes possible actions that can be taken by organisations and individuals working in the health sector to address health literacy.

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Navigating Health: The role of health literacy 
England  

A "Call to Action" to policy makers to make health literacy a central pillar in health policy discussions, research and action at a European, national and local level.

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Skills for life survey, BIS (2011)
England  

National profile of adult literacy, numeracy, and ICT skills. Assesses the impact of different skills levels on people’s lives.

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Search tags: Basic skills, Literacy, Numeracy 

The contribution of basic skills to health related outcomes during adulthood: evidence from the BCS70 
England  

Using data from the British Cohort born in 1970 this report set out to answer the following research question: can adult basic skills contribute to better health in adulthood?

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The costs of limited health literacy: a systematic review 
Non-UK 

This paper summarises evidence about (1) the costs of limited health literacy (HL) and (2) the cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve limited HL.

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Search tags: Systematic review, Health economics 

The European Health Literacy Project (HLS-EU). Final Report Executive Summary (D17) 
Non-UK 

The European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU) was conducted during the summer of 2011 measuring health literacy levels of individuals across eight European countries (Austria, Bulgaria, Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia), Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, and Spain).

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The European Health Literacy Survey 
Non-UK 

The European Health Literacy Project (HLS-EU) ran between 2009-2012 and increases understanding of health literacy in Europe.

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Three-quarters of adults can't work out how much sugar they're meant to consume 
UK 

Research from the National Numeracy Trust.

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Understanding the role of literacy in public health 
UK 

In this paper we present the case that low literacy negatively impacts on the health of communities in the UK. The inability to access and interpret information stemming from a lack of basic skills presents individuals with a fundamental challenge to take control of their own health. As a result, health literacy skills should be considered an integral part of any public health strategy, and it is essential that literacy skills underpin such strategies.

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Search tags: Basic skills, Literacy 

Understanding, evidencing, and promomting adolescent well-being: An emerging agenda for schools 
UK 

This article considers asset-based well-being strategies that promote health literacy and build on the resources of young people and local communities as a means for schools to promote well-being.

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User testing in developing patient medication in Europe 
Non-UK 

In Europe, patient leaflets are supplied as an insert inside all medicine packs. Manufacturers must produce such leaflets according to a template and undertake consultation with target patient groups to ensure it is legible, clear and easy to use, before a licence will be granted. The consultation is usually completed through ‘user testing’, involving individual interviews with lay participants, with both quantitative and qualitative components. After testing, good practice is applied to address shortcomings identified, and testing repeated. The process is described using the example of a patient booklet for lithium therapy. Such testing could benefit any future US process for patient medication information.

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Search tags: Medication safety, Europe  

World Health Organisation. (n.d.) 7th Global Conference on Health Promotion: Track 2: Health Literacy and health behaviour 
Non-UK 

This article gives an overview of what Health Literacy is and an outline of some strategies to move it forward.

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Search tags: Health Promotion