Health literacy (HL), an essential determinant of health, is totally irrelevant to current health policy in Albania and Kosovo, two transitional Albanian speaking countries in South East Europe. Through a series of surveys in both countries, we argue that health literacy could be linked to both health determinants and outcomes with education being the most important modifiable risk factor of limited HL. The observed associations additionally suggest to increase the efficiency of current respective education systems and form a solid basis for the inclusion of HL measurement in the health policy agenda of both countries for guiding interventions to improve the health status of citizens in these communities.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||2 Apr 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- health literacy
- socio-demographic factors