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Three Health Literacy Case Studies

Case Studies

* Jahan, R.A. (2000) Promoting health literacy: a case study in the prevention of diarrhoeal disease from Bangladesh.; Health Promotion International, 15:4, 285-291.

A case study of a project to prevent diarrhoea in rural Bangladesh argues that health promotioninterventions must respond to the local context and needs. The article focuses on communication, community need and participation, identification of socio-economic and environmental determinants, and the role of field workers in interventions.

* Levin-Zamir, D. and Peterburg, Y. (2001) Health literacy in health systems: perspectives on self- management in Israel. Health Promotion International, 16:1, 87-94.

Improvements to functional, interactional, and critical health literacy have occurred among diabetics and other chronic disease patients in Clalit Health Services (CHS) in Israel. It is argued that health care practitioners must consider from where their patients receive information on disease and self- management in order to inform their patients of the uses of the information and whether it is reliable.

* Wang, R. (2000) Critical health literacy: a case study from China in schistosomiasis control. Health Promotion International, 15:3, 269- 274.

Schistosomiasis control to illustrate how improved health literacy can lead to improved health outcomes. Argues that determinants of health as well as assessment of organizational change are necessary for proper, critical health education programs to occur.