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SUMMARY OF RESEARCH FINDINGS REGARDING HEALTHY LITERACY


An important part of the project were also research activities regarding healthy literacy. And these are the main results of that research:


 

In all three countries (Poland, Slovenia, Portugal) the older adults, who have participated in the research, have achieved in the field of healthcare, disease prevention, health promotion and in the field of general health literacy  limited (problematic) health literacy. The exception is Portugal, where older adults have in the field of general health literacy achieved insufficient health literacy.


In Portugal as much as 93,3 % of all participants in the survey,  have limited health literacy (46,3 % insufficient and 32,9 % problematic) in the field of general health literacy, whereas none of the surveyed older adults in Portugal have achieved excellent level of health literacy in the field of general health literacy. The lowest level of limited health literacy in the field of general health literacy has been achieved in Slovenia, where the  limited level of general health literacy is 79,2 % in older adults; whereas 17, 1 % of older adults have sufficient level  of general health literacy. The highest share of the participants in our research who have achieved excellent level of health literacy in the field of general health literacy is in Poland, their share represents  9,2 %


The best results in the field of health literacy in the field of healthcare have been achieved by the older adults in Slovenia, among whom there is the lowest share of individuals with limited health literacy in the field of healthcare, which is 64,4 % , and the highest share of those with sufficient health literacy, which is 27,0 %. The highest share of the participants of our research among those with excellent health literacy  has been achieved in Poland, the share is 12,4 %. In Portugal 89,2 %  of all older adults, who have participated in the research, , have limited health literacy.


In the field of disease prevention, the lowest share of the surveyed older adults with limited health literacy, which is 67,5 %, was established in Poland,  as much as 24,5 % have achieved sufficient, and 8,4 % have achieved excellent health literacy in the field of disease prevention. The worst share of excellent health literacy in the field of disease prevention was achieved by participants in Portugal -  only 0,5 % out of all participants.  87,9 % of participants in Portugal have limited health literacy   in the field of disease prevention.


The best results in the field of health literacy in the field of health promotion have been achieved by participants in Slovenia, among whom there is the lowest share of those with limited health literacy in the field of health promotion , which is 69,8 % and the highest share of those with  sufficient health literacy, which is 25,8 %. The highest share of older adults with excellent health literacy in the field of health promotion was achieved in Poland, their share is 6,7 %. In Portugal 92,3 % of all the participants in the survey,  have limited health literacy   in the field of health promotion.