Using data from the British Cohort born in 1970 this report set out to answer the following research question: can adult basic skills contribute to better health in adulthood?

In this paper we present the case that low literacy negatively impacts on the health of communities in the UK. The inability to access and interpret information stemming from a lack of basic skills presents individuals with a fundamental challenge to take control of their own health. As a result, health literacy skills should be considered an integral part of any public health strategy, and it is essential that literacy skills underpin such strategies.

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Skills for Life Survey, BIS (2011)

National profile of adult literacy, numeracy, and ICT skills. Assesses the impact of different skills levels on people’s lives.