Health literacy, its importance for citizens and patients and the involvement of medical librarians: a European initiative

  • Maria Alessandra Falcone Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Library, Rome
  • Paola Ferrari Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Library, Rome
  • Rosaria Rosanna Cammarano Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Documentation Service, Rome
  • Scilla Pizzarelli
  • Maurella Della Seta Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Documentation Service, Rome

Abstract


Recent initiatives of the European Parliament highlight the importance of advancing health literacy in all member states. The project “Health literacy and health education fostering participation and improving women’s and men’s health” was developed in the framework of a Grundtvig Learning Partnership – Lifelong Learning Program, funded by the European Commission. Health literacy and health education empower patients and citizens to participate to the full in their health care and to communicate on eye level with their health professionals, making it possible to overcome disparities in health due to social causes. Librarians and information specialists are in a position to play a key role in searching, validating and disseminating health information for the general public.
Published
2016-04-22
How to Cite
1.
Falcone MA, Ferrari P, Cammarano RR, Pizzarelli S, Della Seta M. Health literacy, its importance for citizens and patients and the involvement of medical librarians: a European initiative. JEAHIL [Internet]. 22Apr.2016 [cited 15Oct.2019];10(1). Available from: http://ojs.eahil.eu/ojs/index.php/JEAHIL/article/view/116
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