National Action Plan Health Literacy: Need, Objective and Content
In recent years, studies on health literacy of the population have been conducted in many countries. Most of them show that health literacy levels are worse than expected and that large parts of the population have low health literacy levels. National strategies and action plans to promote health literacy have been developed in many countries to address these results. Following these examples, a National Action Plan on Health Literacy was also developed for Germany. A panel of 15 experts was involved in the 2-year development process. Based on an analysis of available literature on health literacy and existing action plans, the concept, objectives and priorities of the action plan were defined, and recommendations were developed. The National Action Plan on Health Literacy formulates recommendations in the fields of living environments, the healthcare system, chronic illness, and research.
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