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Center for Health Literacy

With a center for health literacy, Careum aims to achieve health literacy in Switzerland. We want people to navigate health information more effectively and make decisions that have a positive impact on their health.

The health care system has become increasingly complex in recent years, while heath information is now a ubiquitous presence thanks to digital transformation. These developments make it harder to navigate the health care system and get your head around health information.

Not to mention the fact that, ever since the coronavirus pandemic took hold, people have been bombarded with a veritable flood of health information which can sometimes be contradictory or incorrect. This leaves people having to contend with a series of major challenges when dealing with health information and the health care system. That is why health literacy is an extremely important factor of health.

Center for health literacy

Good health literacy allows people to lead a self-determined life, whether they are in good or poor health. However, previous studies show that a large part of the population has problems dealing with health information and thus a low level of health literacy.

That is why Careum is committed to putting the framework conditions in place to elevate levels of health literacy in Switzerland. We see ourselves as a competence centre and are keen to join forces with national and international partners to contribute to promoting the health literacy of the general public and of organisations operating in the health care, social services and education sectors.


Health literacy in the spotlight

What is health literacy? The idea behind it and how Careum is promoting the subject.

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