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Work in progress: a report on health literacy in Denmark and the Netherlands.

Sorensen, K., Maindal, H.T., Heijmans, M., Rademakers, J. Work in progress: a report on health literacy in Denmark and the Netherlands. Studies in health technology and informatics: 2020(269) 202-211. In: Robert A. Logan, Elliot R. Siegel (Ed.). Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 269: Health Literacy in Clinical Practice and Public Health, 2020, IOS Press.
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This report focuses on the development of health literacy in two European countries, Denmark and the Netherlands. Denmark is part of the Nordic region, while the Netherlands is situated in the Western part of Europe. The report includes examples on Danish and Dutch health literacy research and lessons learned from practice.

In Denmark, supported by health literacy research, health literacy developments have been advanced within some areas of practice. Health literacy advocacy initiatives promoted by the Danish Health Literacy Network and the Danish Society of Public Health provide promising perspectives for the future of health literacy in Denmark.

In the Netherlands, the Dutch Health Literacy Alliance, researchers, and other relevant stakeholders are actively integrating health literacy in research and practice – both clinically and in communities. The vibrant Dutch health literacy community advocates for further national health literacy efforts to achieve governmental support.