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Action plan to improve health literacy

Section: Self Management and Co-Production HubType: News Item Date Published: 27th November 2017

Practice guidance for improving health literacy has been published by the Scottish Government.

Making it Easier – a health literacy plan for Scotland 2017-25,  builds on the current learning about health literacy and aims to remove and prevent barriers.  Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.

The new guidance aims to improve design and delivery of services founded on the following themes:

  • equal access.
  • shared decision-making.
  • people supported to live and die well on their own terms with the health conditions they have.
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