This is a short overview paper on health literacy written by Don Nutbeam for WHO in early 2016. This forms part of the preparatory work for the up-coming WHO Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai in November 2016. This shows that health literacy now sits at the heart of the strategy proposed by WHO for global health.

This paper explores the interconnections between literacies learning, self-confidence, identity as a learner and social capital. It draws from a two-phased study of over 600 literacy and numeracy learners in Scotland that examined various aspects of their learning experiences and their perceptions of the impact that learning had on their lives.

Most people recognise that a low level of literacy skill can make it difficult to function effectively in adult life, but it is often assumed that numeracy (i.e. being able to deal competently with numbers, tables and graphs) is less important than literacy. This study was designed to test whether this is in fact the case.

This report is in Polish and when the translation is completed it will be added.

This article gives an overview of health literacy.

This article follows an Expert Roundtable to review the current state of health literacy research and practice, and make recommendations about refining its definition, expanding its measurement and integrating best practices into chronic disease management.

This study listened to adult learners to understand their perspectives on gathering, understanding and using information for health.

This paper identifies the failings of past educational programs to address social and economic determinants of health, and traces the subsequent reduction in the role of health education in contemporary health promotion.

This paper updates a 2004 systematic review of health care service use and health outcomes related to differences in health literacy level and interventions designed to improve these outcomes for individuals with low health literacy.

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