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Health Literacy: Professional Competence for 21 st Century Healthcare

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Maria Leonor Carvalho ,
Maria Leonor Carvalho

Hospital Ortopédico de Sant`Ana, Parede, Portugal

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Maria Inês Carvalho ,
Maria Inês Carvalho

Agrupamento de Escolas Aquilino Ribeiro, Porto Salvo, Portugal

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Marta Carvalho ,
Marta Carvalho

Centro de Medicina Física e de Reabilitação do Alcoitão, Alcabideche, Portugal. 4Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Susana Valido ,
Susana Valido

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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João Tomás ,
João Tomás

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Sandy Severino ,
Sandy Severino

Atlântica School of Health (ESSATLA), Atlantic University, Nursing Department, Oeiras, Portugal

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Luís Sousa ,
Luís Sousa

Comprehensive Health Research Centre, Évora, Portugal

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Abstract

Health literacy consists of a set of cognitive and social skills and the ability of individuals to understand and use health information. Low levels of health literacy leads to higher rates of hospitalization, mortality, and premature death, as well as poor adherence to treatment regimens, reduced prevention and poorer health status, with a negative impact on individual and collective health. In Portugal, the most vulnerable groups (the elderly, the unemployed, low levels of education) have "problematic" or "inadequate" levels of literacy. This article therefore reflects on the importance of creating training and capacity-building programs for health teams and professionals in health literacy, concluding that the responsibility for promoting health literacy is a collective one, with health professionals playing a central role in this regard, and that it is up to health organisations to prepare work teams in health literacy and monitor their progress.

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Carvalho ML, Carvalho MI, Carvalho M, Valido S, Tomás J, Severino S, Sousa L. Health Literacy: Professional Competence for 21 st Century Healthcare . Salud, Ciencia y Tecnología [Internet]. 2024 May 12 [cited 2024 May 28];4:910. Available from: https://revista.saludcyt.ar/ojs/index.php/sct/article/view/910

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