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Health literacy and public health: A systematic review and integration of definitions and models

  • Kristine Sørensen1Email author,
  • Stephan Van den Broucke2,
  • James Fullam3,
  • Gerardine Doyle3,
  • Jürgen Pelikan4,
  • Zofia Slonska5,
  • Helmut Brand1 and
  • (HLS-EU) Consortium Health Literacy Project European6
Contributed equally
BMC Public Health201212:80

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-80

Received: 25 November 2011

Accepted: 25 January 2012

Published: 25 January 2012

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25 Jan 2012 Editorially accepted
25 Jan 2012 Article published 10.1186/1471-2458-12-80

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of International Health, Research School of Primary Care and Public Health, Maastricht University
Université Catholique de Louvain
University College Dublin, National University of Ireland
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research
National Institute of Cardiology
The HLS-EU Consortium, Maastricht University