Health literacy and libraries: a literature review
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Health literacy and libraries: a literature review

  • Author(s): Barr-Walker, Jill
  • et al.
Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this article is to assess the involvement of libraries in health literacy programs and initiatives based on a review of the literature.

 

Methodology

Four databases were searched for articles that described health literacy programs and initiatives within libraries.

 

Findings

Several themes of health literacy programs in libraries emerged: health literacy for older adults, underserved populations, the general public, healthcare professionals and medical students, and patients. Collaborations between libraries and community organizations were frequently utilized.

 

Practical implications

Librarians may use this review to understand the history of health literacy efforts and libraries in order to inform future programming. This review will contextualize current research on health literacy and libraries.

 

Originality/value

Despite the currency and relevance of this topic, there are no literature reviews on health literacy and librarianship.

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