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A scoping review: global health literacy interventions for pregnant women and mothers with young children


Melwani, S and Cleland, V and Patterson, K and Nash, R, A scoping review: global health literacy interventions for pregnant women and mothers with young children, Health Promotion International pp. 1-35. ISSN 0957-4824 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/heapro/daab047


The World Health Organization is focused on enhancing health literacy (HL) throughout the life-course to address the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally. Pregnancy and early motherhood offer a window of opportunity to address NCDs risk earlier in the life-course. Empowering women through HL may help to reduce the intergenerational impact of NCDs. A scoping review of the international literature was conducted to identify HL interventions that focused on improving NCD-related health outcomes or health behaviors of pregnant women and/or mothers with young children. The search was conducted on 4 databases and identified 5019 articles. After full text screening, 25 studies met the inclusion criteria. No study acknowledged their intervention as an HL intervention, even though they were assessed as targeting various HL dimensions. Only one study measured the HL of mothers. The review suggests that HL interventions are being underutilized and highlight the need to create awareness about the importance of addressing HL of pregnant women and mothers using appropriate tools to understand HL strengths and challenges in achieving healthy lifestyle practices. This can help to co-design locally responsive solutions that may enable women to make informed healthier lifestyle choices for themselves and for their children and thus may accelerate prevention of NCDs globally.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health literacy, maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, health promotion
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Women's and maternal health
UTAS Author:Melwani, S (Dr Satish Melwani)
UTAS Author:Cleland, V (Associate Professor Verity Cleland)
UTAS Author:Patterson, K (Dr Kira Patterson)
UTAS Author:Nash, R (Dr Rosie Nash)
ID Code:145477
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2021-07-22
Last Modified:2021-11-16

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