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National Adult Literacy Agency. McCarthy, Anne (2002) Health literacy policy and strategy research report for National Adult Literacy Agency August 2002. Dublin: Department of Health and Children.

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This health literacy research report marks the first time literacy has significantly entered the health debate in Ireland. Adult literacy learners have been given a voice. Up to this point in our campaigning work we have had to rely on anecdotal stories about how literacy impacted on people’s health encounters and recount international findings. There is a serious lack of Irish research data on this subject available to policy makers. However the Irish results of the 1997 International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) found that 25% of the population tested could not fully understand the directions on a popular headache packet. This led to the first National Adult Literacy Strategy and a broad recognition that there is a significant minority of Irish adults with literacy problems. The publication of the National Health Promotion Strategy in 2000 which clearly identified low literacy skills as a barrier to good health, illustrates this point: “poor literacy skills ….limits access to health information and health service.” (p.20)

To ensure the strategic effectiveness of the National Health Promotion Strategy 2000-2005 NALA recognised that policy-oriented research was urgently required. We approached the Department of Health and Children in 2000 arguing there was a need for a co-ordinated research programme of study into health and literacy in Ireland. We wanted to establish the precise health issues and needs of low literacy populations and inform strategic policy making.


Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Date
2002
Call No
NF12.2, GA, VH4.2
Pages
64 p.
Publisher
Department of Health and Children
Corporate Creators
National Adult Literacy Agency
Place of Publication
Dublin
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Accession Number
HRB 2209 (Available)
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