Health Literacy: The Essential Catalyst for the Responsible and Effective Translation of Genome-Based Information for the Benefit of Population Health

Kristine Sorensen*, Helmut Brand

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The complexity and novelty of public health genomics poses a challenge to ensure effective and responsible translation of genome-based information for the benefit of population health. The aim of this article is to provide literature-based insight into how the concept of health literacy can act as a catalyst for the translation process and to comment on the necessity to adapt new perspectives in a rapidly changing world, such as e. g. the health literacy-friendly approach of Google. Taking advantage of the potential of health literacy in the population along with a recognized role of health professionals as knowledge brokers and 'nudges' will benefit the efficiency and responsibility of translating genome-based knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
JournalPublic Health Genomics
Issue number4-5
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Health literacy
  • Health information
  • Health communication
  • Public health genomics
  • Knowledge translation

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