Health literacy

As a centre for health literacy, Careum aims to achieve health literacy in Switzerland. Careum is active in the key areas of health literacy and focuses on the people, the relevant settings and organisations of health, education and social services and on the specialists who work there.

Health literacy plays an important role when it comes to living a healthy life, treating illnesses effectively, health equality and avoiding unnecessary health costs. It refers to an individual’s ability to make decisions that have a positive effect on health in the context of everyday life at home, in the community, at work, in the healthcare system, on the market and in the political arena (Kickbusch et al. 2005).

However, previous studies show that a large part of the population has problems dealing with health information. Elderly people, people with a migrant background, people with chronic illnesses and people with a low educational and social status in particular find it difficult to locate, understand, assess and use health information relevant to them. Difficulties handling health information can affect health, health behaviour and the use of the healthcare system.

Working and exchanging with national and international partners, Careum’s health literacy team helps boost the health literacy of the population and healthcare organisations.

Publications

Dietscher, C., Pelikan, J. (2019). The action network for measuring population and organizational health literacy (M-POHL) and its Health Literacy Survey 2019 (HLS19). European journal of public health 29, Issue Supplement 4. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckz185.556

Okan, O., Bauer, U., Levin-Zamir, D., Pinheiro, P., Sørensen, K. (Hrsg.). (2019). International handbook of health literacy. Research, practice and policy across the lifespan. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

WHO (2017). Shanghai declaration on promoting health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Health promotion international 32 (1), S. 7–8. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daw103

WHO-Regionalbüro für Europa. Kickbusch, I., Pelikan. J., Haslbeck, J., Apfel F., & Tsouros A. (Hrsg.). (2016). Gesundheitskompetenz: Die Fakten. Zürich: Careum Stiftung. Full text

Bieri, U., Kocher, J. P., Gauch, C., Tschöppe, S., Venetz, A., Hagemann, M. et al. (2016). Bevölkerungsbefragung «Erhebung Gesundheits-kompetenz 2015». Schlussbericht Studie im Auftrag des Bundesamts für Gesundheit BAG, Abteilung Gesundheitsstrategien. PDF

Sørensen, K., Pelikan, J., Röthlin, F., Ganahl, K., Slonska, Z., Doyle, G. et al. (2015). Health literacy in Europe: comparative results of the European health literacy survey (HLS-EU). European journal of public health 25 (6), S. 1053–1058. DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckv043

Sørensen, K., et al. (2012). Health literacy and public health: a systematic review and integration of definitions and models. BMC Public Health, 12:80. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-80

 


Contact

Careum
Health Literacy

Dr. Dominique Vogt
Pestalozzistrasse 3
CH-8032 Zurich

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