[Health literacy : An introduction to the concept and its measurement].

Abel, Thomas; Sommerhalder, Kathrin (2015). [Health literacy : An introduction to the concept and its measurement]. Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz, 58(9), pp. 923-929. Springer-Medizin-Verlag 10.1007/s00103-015-2198-2

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Over the last 20 years, health literacy (German: Gesundheitskompetenz/health competency) has become a popular concept in research and health policy. Initially defined as an individual's ability to understand medical information, the definition has quickly expanded to describe individual-based resources for actions or conduct relevant to health, in different socio-cultural or clinical contexts. Today, researchers and practice experts can draw on a wide variety of definitions and measurements. This article provides an overview of the definitions, briefly introduces the "structure and agency" approach as an example of theorizing health literacy, and shows different types of operationalization. The article presents the strengths and shortcomings of the available concepts and measures and provides starting points for future research in public health and health promotion.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Abel, Thomas

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1436-9990

Publisher:

Springer-Medizin-Verlag

Language:

German

Submitter:

Doris Kopp Heim

Date Deposited:

27 Jul 2015 15:59

Last Modified:

31 May 2016 09:11

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00103-015-2198-2

PubMed ID:

26201442

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.70543

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/70543

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