What is it about?

This article is about a survey conducted in Brazil to identify the knowledge, skills and knowledge that health personnel need to effectively communicate health information to the public. The Brazilian consensus resulted in 28 items distributed in knowledge, skills and attitudes for the practice of health literacu by healthcare professionals. Although the consensus has been established to the practice of HL in Brazil, the items included in the Brazilian version may reveal important aspects for HCP in other countries, such as the assessment of the patient’s social context and share responsibility for the educational process with patients.

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Why is it important?

Studying the health literacy competencies of professionals is crucial, given the significance of this skill in facilitating clear and effective communication between health professionals and patients. Our research aimed to identify the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes required by health professionals to meet the health literacy needs of their patients.


I hope this article contributes to strengthening the importance of health literacy in Brazil and Latin America, as this is the first study on the continent that has identified the competences of professionals in health literacy. The competences identified in our study can guide the training of health professionals, helping to ensure that these professionals have the necessary skills to promote health literacy. In addition, these competences can also be used to develop continuing education programs and to evaluate the performance of health professionals. This study represents an important initial step towards developing the health literacy competences of Brazilian health professionals, and provides an update on the skills evidenced in previous international studies.

Flaviane Cristina Rocha Cesar
Centro Universitário de Mineiros (UNIFIMES)

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This page is a summary of: Competencies of health personnel for the practice of health literacy in Brazil: A Delphi consensus survey, PLoS ONE, July 2022, PLOS,
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0271361.
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