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Health literacy: towards system level solutions

Health literacy: towards system level solutions. BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1026
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'Health literacy was traditionally conceptualised as an individual deficiency in verbal ability, numeracy, or both. It was measured as the equivalent school grade in classroom-style assessments of performance or as ability to read and interpret passages of health related text such as instructions on how to take medication... Two recent systematic reviews have added multiple dimensions to the construct of health literacy, including communication skills, motivation, confidence, trust, and the ability to access care...'

'WHO is exhorting countries to assess and develop their own health literacy responsiveness — defined as 'the way in which servicess, environments and products make health information and support available and accessible to people with different health literacy strengths and limitations.'

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Trish Greenalgh

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