Diabetes Literacy

Seventh Framework Programme European Commission

Health Literacy Impact

    Title Document
    Update on Health Literacy and Diabetes PDF icon 2014_Baily_Update.pdf
    Ten Attributes of Health Literate Care PDF icon 2012_Brach_Attributes.pdf
    Health Literacy. The Solid Facts PDF icon 2013_Kickbusch_SolidFacts.pdf
    Integration Health Literacy Models PDF icon 2012_Sorensen_Review.pdf
    Patient-provider communication PDF icon 2013_DiabetesMedication.pdf

    Update on Health Literacy and Diabetes

    Inadequate literacy is common among patients with diabetes and may lead to adverse outcomes. The authors reviewed the relationship between literacy and health outcomes in patients with diabetes and potential interventions to improve outcomes. The review is based on 79 articles covering 3 key domains: (1) evaluation of screening tools to identify inadequate literacy and numeracy, (2) the relationships of a range of diabetes-related health outcomes with literacy and numeracy, and (3) interventions to reduce literacy-related differences in health outcomes.

    Ten Attributes of Health Literate Care

    This discussion paper describes 10 attributes of health literate health care organizations, that is, health care organizations that make it easier for people to navigate, understand, and use information and services to take care of their health. Paper related to the activities of the IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy. One of the authors, Dean Schillinger from UCSF, is a principal investigator in the Diabetes Literacy project.

    Health Literacy. The Solid Facts

    This is a WHO Euro publication edited among others by Jürgen M. Pelikan, one of the principal investigators of the Diabetes Literacy project, and with contributions of four other Diabetes Literacy partners: Gerardine Doyle, Diane Levin-Zamir, Kristine Sørensen and Stephan Van den Broucke.  As societies grow more complex and people are increasingly confronted with health (mis-)information, health literacy becomes essential. With evidence from the European Health Literacy Survey, this report identifies effective ways public health can strengthen health literacy in a variety of settings.

    Integration Health Literacy Models

    Although its importance is increasingly recognised, there is no consensus about the definition of health literacy. The aim of this publication is to review definitions and models on health literacy to develop an integrated definition and conceptual model. A systematic literature review resulted in 17 definitions of health literacy and 12 conceptual models.

    Patient-provider communication


    There is a robust body of research suggesting that effective physician communication can improve medication adherence among diabetes patients. Moving forward, we must engage patients in more meaningful ways in this dialog, particularly to understand barriers to adherence and develop shared treatment plans within the context of patients’ daily lives. Moreover, we must look to new communication media, such as email and other online services, to enhance and extend patient–provider relationships, with special attention to reducing barriers to communication for all patients.