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Health literacy in Germany - Developing a national action plan

Background and aims
According to the first representative German Health Literacy Survey (HLS-GER) the majority of the population in Germany - specifically 54.3% - has limited health literacy. Following the example of health literacy initiatives in other countries, a National Action Plan was developed in order to improve this situation and to help the topic to gain greater relevance in politics and among important stakeholders. The action plan lists the most important challenges for improving health literacy and presents 15 concrete recommendations in four areas of action.

The action plan, presented to the Minister of Health in 2018, was developed by a group of experts and agreed with representatives of politics and society, members of various health professions, representatives of civil society organisations as well as patient and citizen representatives. The implementation of the action plan is accompanied by various expert workshops in which individual recommendations of the National Action Plan are focussed, intensively discussed and translated into realisable goals. The results of the workshops are incorporated into policy papers, which are successively published and brought together and discussed at a conference.

Detailed Information
More information on the National Action Plan
Download National Action Plan Health Literacy
Download Policy Papers
Publication list

About the project

Project management
Prof. Dr. Doris Schaeffer, Faculty of Health Sciences, Institute of Nursing Science (IPW) (lead), Prof. Dr. Ullrich Bauer,Faculty of Educational Science,Center for Prevention and Intervention in Childhood and Adolescence (CPI), Bielefeld University, Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann, Hertie School, Berlin, Dr. Kai Kolpatzik, Federal Association AOK

Dr. Annett Horn

Project team
Svea Gille

02/2016 bis 09/2020

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