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[CANCELLED] CLT seminar: Lena Mårtensson – Health Literacy


A growing responsibility on the part of individuals to make decisions in health issues implies the need of access to health information and personal skills to comprehend the information. Health literacy comprises skills in obtaining, understanding and acting on information about health issues in ways that promote and maintain health. The phenomenon may be approached in different ways, one in which health literacy is expressed as a polarized phenomenon, focusing on the extremes of low and high health literacy. The definitions of health literacy in this approach are characterized by a functional understanding, pointing out certain basic skills needed to understand health information. The other approach represents a complex understanding of health literacy, acknowledging a broadness of skills in interaction with the social and cultural contexts, which means that an individual’s health literacy may fluctuate from one day to another according to the context. The complex approach stresses the interactive and critical skills needed to use information or knowledge as a basis for appropriate health decisions. Health literacy is a heterogeneous phenomenon that has significance for both the individual and society.​

Lena Mårtensson
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Sahlgrenska

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Note: this seminar will be given in Swedish.

Date: 2015-04-09 10:30 - 12:00

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8


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