Committee on Health Literacy and Self-Care presents their policy recommendations:
Seven Actions to Promote Health Literacy and Self-Care in the Digital Era
Online health information is available almost anywhere, at any time, and is shared faster than ever. As consumers of health information in an increasingly digital world, we are faced with many challenges – where do we find reliable information and how do we appraise and apply it to prevent illness and promote self-care? How do we become more health literate and navigate the digital healthcare landscape?
In order to promote health literacy and self-care, the EU and its Member States need to work together to establish best practices for the accessible and reliable online communication of health information. This means implementing novel policies to improve:
1. The availability of reliable health information via digital sources
2. Education of health professionals on health literacy, including digital aspects
3. Meaningful patient involvement in developing health literacy tools and methods
Our seven policy recommendations are actionable, bring health policy into the digital sphere, and promote patient inclusiveness in their self-care.
You can find the full recommendation by clicking the image below:
July 8, 2021
Seán Byrne, President of the sixth European Health Parliament
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