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An international review to characterize the role, responsibilities, and optimal setting for health literacy mediators


Spencer, MG and Kemp, N and Cruickshank, V and Otten, C and Nash, R, An international review to characterize the role, responsibilities, and optimal setting for health literacy mediators, Global Pediatric Health pp. 1-15. ISSN 2333-794X (2021) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/2333794X211025401


Health literacy is a critically important determinant of health and is influenced by access to supportive social networks and services. Global investment in education throughout the life course is required to support health literacy development. The aim of this review is to characterize the role, responsibilities, and the optimal setting for the emergent role of a Health Literacy Mediator (HLM). A scoping review of recent literature was conducted. The review revealed a lack of consensus on who should be teaching health literacy, and variability in confidence when teaching health literacy. Professionals reported facing barriers such as a lack of time, a lack of knowledge, and recognized that the health literacy needs of children worldwide are not being met. Further research into the role of HLM is required to determine who is best suited to this role and what their responsibilities will be to ensure consistent health literacy education.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health literacy, health education, inequity, health literacy mediator, non-communicable diseases
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Spencer, MG (Miss Madeline Spencer)
UTAS Author:Kemp, N (Associate Professor Nenagh Kemp)
UTAS Author:Cruickshank, V (Dr Vaughan Cruickshank)
UTAS Author:Otten, C (Miss Claire Otten)
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
ID Code:144957
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Pharmacy
Deposited On:2021-06-23
Last Modified:2021-11-10
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