Focus Area

The IROHLA project aims to perform a thorough mapping of determinants of health literacy and assess their relative weight and their mutual interactions. IROHLA results are helping understanding the pathways linking health literacy to a large variety of health outcomes (e.g. self management, access to care, adherence or compliance, coping with chronic diseases). Understanding the mechanisms through which interventions work improves the knowledge of factors that contribute to effects. This helps to indicate which interventions are most relevant for quick improvement of health literacy.

In the project e-health plays an important role. It has been indicated as the major innovation in health care in the coming years. Especially utilisation of computers by senior citizens needs further attention because it is often argued that e-health solutions are not within reach of this group. So far, experience from Western-European countries show high utilisation of e-health solutions by older people. IROHLA performs an analysis and proposes e-health interventions, relevant for the European context.

In the project, the role health service providers is analysed in improving health literacy (e.g. through pre-service training in training institutions or capacity building in continuing professional development programmes).

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