Improving health literacy to reduce health inequalities

Improving health literacy to reduce health inequalities

Author: Public Health England and UCL

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This report explains what health literacy is and how it contributes to health inequalities; and provides information, guidance and examples of effective and promising strategies to inform local action across England

This practice resource is based on analysis of research and service literature on health literacy including statistical evidence, primary evaluations of interventions, review-level studies of interventions, and descriptions of interventions. Literature on associated issues, such as health promotion and health education, was also examined to identify appropriate engagement strategies for underserved, disadvantaged or vulnerable groups. Experts were consulted on the draft report to help refine the final messages. The report draws on the evidence base and examples of local practice to illustrate notable approaches for local action.

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