Health literacy in the Nordic countries – Not only a determinant of health, but also a tool for health promotion
3 nov 2022
Many determinants help to define our health. One of these is health literacy, which also serves as a mediating and moderating factor of health. All in all, health literacy is an important concept to consider in matters of health and, in particular, the health of all people.
With this report, the Nordic Welfare Centre wishes to introduce the concept of health literacy, its trajectory over time, and how the concept fits into the health structure today. The report will also view health literacy in relation to the field of integration, where health literacy can have a significant role. In addition, country profiles for each Nordic country will provide insights into health literacy at a structural level in the five countries as well as examples of projects/initiatives that focus on health literacy among migrants and refugees.
Making healthy choices and finding the way through complex healthcare systems is becoming an increasingly challenging issue in modern societies. People are bombarded with information and misinformation that can be difficult to navigate and relate to. Consequently, this can have an impact on the health of the individual, the use of health services, inequality in health in the population, and the health economy. Health literacy is a determinant of health and therefore important to focus on and prioritise.
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