Health Literacy Survey in Portugal


The main objective of the project is to conduct a sociological research about health literacy in the Portuguese society, mapping its characteristics and distribution in the population, the main limitations, problems and obstacles to their development and also the potential for action to improve it. Studies already carried out in Portugal, although of a partial nature, allow us to anticipate that the gaps and problems in the field of health literacy are by no means negligible in Portuguese society.


The research will have as its starting point the work "Health Literacy - The Solid Facts", authored by WHO Europe of 2013 and the results of the application of a similar survey conducted in Ireland ("The European Health Literacy Survey: Results from Ireland ), from April 2012. Drawing on the information-gathering tools used in these studies (translated and adapted), and following equivalent sampling procedures, a nation-wide research will be developed in a way that, for the first time, characterizes the health literacy profile of the Portuguese population. At the same time, the research will seek to situate the results of Portugal in this domain in the context of the European countries participating in the Health Literacy Survey.

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Project Funding
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
External Partners
CIES-IUL - Centre for Research and Studies in Sociology
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