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Special Issue "Routes to Improve Health Literacy during the Life-Course"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Andrea F. de Winter

Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 30.001, FA10, 9700 RB Groningen, The Netherlands
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Interests: health literacy; person-centred care; epidemiology; health promotion; public health; cost-effectiveness; capacity building of healthcare professionals; theories and models; life-course approach
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Carel Jansen

Professor Emeritus in Communication and Information Studies at the University of Groningen, Faculty of Arts and research fellow of the Language Centre at Stellenbosch University in South Africa
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Interests: health literacy; persuasion; comprehensibility; narratives; fotonovelas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well-known that health literacy (HL), defined as the ability to access, understand, appraise and communicate health information, has a positive impact on health and quality of life. To optimize our health literacy interventions, however, we need to further advance our knowledge on how health literacy impacts various health outcomes.   

Comprehensive person-centered prevention approaches might offer the best chance to reduce health literacy-related problems. It seems recommendable to develop and evaluate health literacy interventions with a focus on a combination of strengthening social support systems, the empowerment of people with limited health literacy, enhancing person-centred communication by healthcare professionals, and improving health communication and policies within health services.  

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Routes to improve health literacy”, offers an opportunity to publish high-quality studies that advance the evidence in health literacy research, and to contribute to better person-centered prevention. We invite submissions that examine how health literacy impacts health outcomes by unraveling the role of factors such as social support, the needs or motivations of persons, client–professional communication, mass media communication, the competencies of healthcare professionals, and communication or organization of health services. We especially welcome submissions that examine the effectiveness of multifaceted or comprehensive health literacy interventions.  

Dr. Andrea F. de Winter
Prof. Dr. Carel Jansen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • health literacy
  • health communication
  • health promotion
  • intervention
  • epidemiology
  • empowerment
  • health system
  • health professional
  • person-centered communication

Published Papers

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