Skills4HL course for healthcare students to improve health literacy for people at risk of dementia

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Background: Low health literacy is correlated with higher disease risk to decreased self-care
skills and underuse of health care. One person´s health literacy “determines the motivation
and ability to gain access to, understand and use information in ways which promote and
maintain good health”. It is therefore important to educate healthcare students to reflect on
their patients´ health literacy level to support and improve it. This is especially the case when
meeting patients with low health literacy as they have been reported to have a significantly
higher risk of dementia, a faster decline in cognitive function over time and a poor access to
health services,
Aim: The aim of this Erasmus+ study is to improve the knowledge, skills and abilities of
healthcare students to improve health literacy when caring for people at risk of dementia and
their families.
Methods: A literature search was conducted in relation to research, policies, and curriculum
together with four focus group interviews and 14 individual interviews with experts from
with a wide range of social and health care sites in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.
Hereby, ensuring that both research and practice inform the project.
Results: The results have informed a competence profile for healthcare professionals
regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to promote and improve health literacy
for people at risk of dementia.
Conclusion: Based on a reflective practical learning approach, a course has been developed,
focusing on health literacy, pedagogical and didactic approaches and dementia-friendly
communication.
Keywords: Health Literacy, Dementia, Erasmus+, Education, Competence profiles
Original languageEnglish
Publication date22 Jun 2023
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2023
EventCOMET conference 2023 - University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Duration: 20 Jun 202322 Jun 2023
Conference number: 21
https://www.ucc.ie/en/comet2023/

Conference

ConferenceCOMET conference 2023
Number21
LocationUniversity College Cork
Country/TerritoryIreland
CityCork
Period20/06/2322/06/23
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