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Public Health Genomics. 2011;14(4-5):195-200. doi: 10.1159/000324241. Epub 2011 Jul 5.

Health literacy: the essential catalyst for the responsible and effective translation of genome-based information for the benefit of population health.

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Department of International Health, CAPHRI School, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. k.sorensen@maastrichtuniversity.nl

Abstract

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.

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10.1159/000324241
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