The second Health Literacy Survey Germany (HLS-GER 2) provides new data on the health literacy of the population in Germany. The survey is part of the international Health Literacy Survey (HLS19). It provides a new detailed measurement of the health literacy of the population in Germany; a thematic expansion through the inclusion of digital health literacy, navigation health literacy, and communicative health literacy; a comparison of health literacy in Germany before and during the COVID-19 pandemic since the main study which took place between December 2019 and January 2020 was supplemented by an additional survey in August/September 2020 (HLS-GER 2').
Overall, the results of the HLS-GER 2 and the complementary survey HLS-GER 2' underline the need for action. They show once again how important it is to continuously strengthen the population’s health literacy and to intensify the necessary intervention development, research, and networking. Only the cooperation of all relevant stakeholders and their networks from different areas of society allows for a sustainable promotion of health literacy in Germany.
Schaeffer, D., Berens, E.-M., Gille, S., Griese, L., Klinger, J., de Sombre, S., Vogt, D., Hurrelmann, K. (2021): Health Literacy of the Population in Germany before and during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Results of the Second Health Literacy Survey Germany (HLS-GER 2). Short Summary. Bielefeld: Interdisciplinary Centre for Health Literacy Research (ICHL). Bielefeld University. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4119/unibi/2951271