In the survey contains a systematic comparison between the results of the first population-based health literacy survey in Germany from 2014 and the follow-up survey from 2020 (HLS GER 1'). Both surveys were conducted according to the same methodology with an identical questionnaire. The comparison shows that the distribution of health literacy in the population has changed little, but overall there has been a deterioration in health literacy during the last six years.
The results of both waves of HLS-GER 1 in 2014 and in 2020 highlight that developing and strengthening health literacy in populations and creating user-friendly health care services and information environments have to be considered critical public health targets. The National Health Literacy Action Plan, which was created in response to the results of the first survey in 2018, makes detailed proposals in this regard.
Hurrelmann, K., Klinger, J., Schaeffer, D. (2020): Health Literacy Survey Germany – Comparison of Results between 2014 and 2020. Short Summary. Bielefeld: Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Literacy Research (ICHL). Bielefeld University. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4119/unibi/2951269