Gesundheitskompetenz – Health Literacy
Authors: Eva Maria Bitzer, Kristine Sørensen
This article provides an introduction to the definition and current theoretical/conceptual models for health literacy as well as their scope and importance to the provision of modern healthcare. We illustrate methods for measuring the health literacy of individuals – and explain why it is worthwhile to deal with the topic of health literacy. In addition, we present strategies and technologies with which healthcare facilities can take the health literacy of its patients appropriately into account and provide an overview of current national and international political initiatives on the topic of health literacy. Weiterlesen
Do adolescents understand the items of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) – German version? Findings from cognitive interviews of the project “Measurement of Health Literacy Among Adolescents” (MOHLAA) in Germany
In Germany, there are no measurement tools to assess the general health literacy of adolescents. The aim of the study “Measurement of Health Literacy Among Adolescents” (MOHLAA) is to develop such a tool for use among adolescents aged 14–17. The German version of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47-GER) served as a blueprint for the development of the tool. The present study examined the extent to which the HLS-EU-Q47-GER can be applied to the measurement of general health literacy in adolescents.
Health in all policies is increasing importance and health literacy as well has just entered the political arena in Germany. Consoritum coordinator Ullrich Bauer is co-editor of the German “National Action Plan Health Literacy”, which also defines education and schools as important action areas to promote health litercay. This recommendation is in line with the German Health Ministry`s recommendations within the Alliance for Health Literacy regarding the promotion of health literacy in education and schools.
The action plan is available for download in German und English.
Based on a recently conducted survey in the UK, the Mental Health Foundation (UK) recommends that mental health literacy should be integrated into teacher training and also that schools should address mental health literacy promotion of their students embedded within the ‘whole-school approach’. All recommendations available here.
A new short article on the national action plan for health literacy:
HLCA will attend this year`s “A Child’s World Conference 2018 – New Shoes New Direction” from 11th-13th July 2018 at Aberystwyth University (Wales, UK) and have two oral presentations on:
- Learning, education and the ethical question of what we offer to pupils (Ullrich Bauer and Uwe H. Bittlingmayer)
- A review of health literacy of children and young people: definitions, interpretations, and implications for future research and practice initiatives (Paulo Pinheiro)
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Programm at al glance
Promoting schoolchildren`s health literacy. Link zum Artikel.
The aim of this paper was to explore opportunities to promote schoolchildren’s health literacy based on their own experiences and ideas. Research suggests the necessity for health literacy to be included into the school curriculum, and to view health promotion as part of lifelong learning. There is also a need to involve schoolchildren in developing health literacy so they can find strategies to improve their health. Weiterlesen
An interesting article on cultural health literacy from New Zealand has just been published in the Global Health Promotion Journal of the IUHPE:
Health literacy is a concept that is frequently applied to the patient’s ability to find and comprehend health information. However, recent literature has included the skill of the health professional and the accessibility of health resources as important factors in the level of health literacy achieved by individuals and populations. In 2014 a qualitative study Weiterlesen
With the main objectives of the NRW state program “health and education” (Bildung und Gesundheit, BuG), which are to sustainably promote children`s and adolescent`s health, facilitate their educational opportunities, well-being, and the performance of adults working and/or engaging in schools, BuG also provides particular health and education goals that, too, address the promotion of health literacy prominently and also significantly contribute to BuG`s main objectives:
- Promoting health literacy: i.a. health-related attitudes, health awareness, health behaviour, health experience of all involved in school (behavioural prevention)
- Improving health-related conditions for all in schools (structural/systems-based/ecologic prevention)
- Enhancing quality education and the quality of education in schools
- Improving the integration of health promotion and prevention into education and science but most importantly into educational policy.
We see great fit of our HLCA research activities to these goals, both with the projects of our first funding period as well as with the new projects of the second funding period 2018-2021. This is great news #healthliteracy
Conferences and activties
The projects have submitted workshop, presentation and pre-conference abstracts to the upcoming conferences of the IUHPE (10th IUHPE Europe conference) and EUPHA (11th European Public Health Conference).
On 1 March 2018, the HLCA research consoritum has launched its second funding period.
Several researchers from the HLCA consortium attended the 10th European Public Health Conference (EPHC) from 1st – 4th November 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. During the conference, the HLCA members organised several events and presented selected research results.The EHPC conference theme “Sustainable, resilient and healthy communities” brought together representatives from around the world. In addition to presenting its own scientific findings, the HLCA Consortium has organized a pre-conference and various workshops with the Health Promotion Section (HPS) of the European Association for Public Health (EUPHA). Emphasis was put on empirical research results, but also theoretical perspectives and practical effects on research, politics and practice were presented and discussed.
© 10th European Public Health Conference 2017
Dear health literacy community,
We want to share a comment on health literacy from the HLCA coordinator Ullrich Bauer, which he provided for the AOK practice journal: Health and Society (Gesundheit und Gesellschaft):
“Health literacy has the potential to provide new perspectives for rethinking the future of health care, in particular and above all, this applies to patient representatives and patient advocacy as well as self-help organisations. We are specifically talking about certain challenges in relation to health literacy that might have not been fully understood by everybody and on all levels yet. Health literacy does not mean to shift the responsibility for good or ill-health to the individual, but, moreover, health literacy is the key for a transparent, user-friendly, and responsive health care system, which is able to provide reliable and easy to understand health information and communicate them with all user groups. In turn, such an approach towards the understanding of the role of health literacy in this context is a decisive step to change the game, especially for the field of self-help. The incapacitation of patients within the health care system commonly goes along with higher expectancy for changes in individual health behaviour. Having said this, health literacy means that health information should be provided shaped to the needs of the target population, yet decisions are meant to be taken autonomously.”
Prof.Dr. Ullrich Bauer, Faculty of Educational Science, University of Bielefeld, Germany
Journal Health and Society: http://aok-bv.de/hintergrund/gesundheit_und_gesellschaft/
From the 18th to 22th of September 2017 the 2nd HLCA-Summer School on Health Literacy: Research, Policy and Advocacy took place at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) at the University of Bielefeld in Germany.
Young researchers from around the world and renowned international researchers from the Topic Health Literacy came together for working on Health Literacy.
© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld
© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld
© Orkan Okan, University of Bielefeld