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Health Literacy in Germany – Repeat survey of the HLS-GER (HLS-GER 2)

01/2019 bis 06/2021

Project management and coordination
Prof. Dr. Doris Schaeffer, Dr. Eva-Maria Berens

Project partner
Dr. Dominique Vogt, Prof. Dr. Klaus Hurrelmann
(Hertie School of Governance, Berlin), Members of the M-POHL Network

Project team
Lennert Griese, Svea Gille

Project funding
Federal Ministry of Health

Health literacy is seen as an essential prerequisite for equal health opportunities. However, the first representative Health Literacy-Survey in Germany (HLS-GER) showed, more than half of the population in Germany has limited health literacy and thus difficulties in accessing, understanding, appraising, and applying health information. The HLS-GER study provided an initial data basis for the promotion of health literacy. Within this follow-up project a renewed survey on health literacy among the German population (HLS-GER 2) will be conducted to expand and deepen the initial results. The project is part of an international comparative study and will be carried out in close cooperation with the ”WHO Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy (M-POHL Network)“.

The aim of the project is a repeated examination of health literacy in Germany in order to enhance the existing knowledge of health literacy in Germany and to enable cross-country comparisons.

The conceptual and methodological approach is closely related to the first quantitative survey of Health Literacy in Germany (HLS-GER) and the European Health Literacy Survey (HLS-EU). A representative, personal survey of 2.000 persons of the German population will be conducted. In cooperation with the M-POHL Network and based on the findings of the present health literacy studies, the health literacy survey instrument (HLS-EU-Q47) will be further developed. Furthermore, the survey will be extended by topics which have gained social and public health relevance in the meantime.

Download National Action Plan Health Literacy

Results of the HLS-GER-study (in German)

M-POHL – WHO Action Network on Measuring Population and Organizational Health Literacy




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