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Measuring health literacy in populations: illuminating the design and development process of the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q)

  • Kristine Sørensen1, 10Email author,
  • Stephan Van den Broucke2,
  • Jürgen M Pelikan3,
  • James Fullam4,
  • Gerardine Doyle5,
  • Zofia Slonska6,
  • Barbara Kondilis7, 8,
  • Vivian Stoffels1,
  • Richard H Osborne9 and
  • Helmut Brand1
BMC Public Health201313:948

DOI: 10.1186/1471-2458-13-948

Received: 21 December 2012

Accepted: 26 September 2013

Published: 10 October 2013

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Original Submission
21 Dec 2012 Submitted Original manuscript
Resubmission - Version 2
Submitted Manuscript version 2
19 Jan 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Ken Wallston
1 Feb 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Gillian Rowlands
11 Feb 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Andrew Pleasant
16 May 2013 Reviewed Reviewer Report - Lorraine Wallace
22 Jul 2013 Author responded Author comments - Kristine Sorensen
Resubmission - Version 3
22 Jul 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 3
26 Sep 2013 Editorially accepted
10 Oct 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2458-13-948

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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of International Health, CAPHRI, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University
Department of Psychology, Catholic University of Louvain
Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population Science and School of Business, University College Dublin
School of Business, University College Dublin
The Cardinal Wyszyński Institute of Cardiology
Hellenic American University
Hellenic American Education Center
Public Health Innovation, Deakin Population Health Strategic Research Centre, Deakin University
the HLS-EU Consortium