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Health Literacy - A Scoping Study: Final Report

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2. STUDY CONTEXT

2.1 NHS Health Scotland suggested in late 2007 that the Scottish Government examine the concept of health literacy and its application to policy and practice in Scotland. In July 2008, a meeting was convened within the Health Improvement Strategy Division of the Scottish Government on the topic of 'health literacy'.

2.2 Briefing available for the meeting identified current policy and practice approaches which interact with the topic of health literacy, enumerated a range of partner organisations with interests in this topic, and began to map out what further action might be required to advance thinking on the issue. The briefing provided the basis for the development of this scoping study.