Health Literacy in Primary Care


  • Fernanda Lopes Aces Alto Tâmega e Barroso
  • Ana Cristina Lima Mimoso Caramelo Centro Académico e Clínico de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, CACTMAD, Escola Superior de Saúde, Universidade de Trás-os- Montes e Alto Douro.
  • Maria João Filomena Santos Pinto Monteiro Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real
  • Vitor Manuel Costa Pereira Rodrigues Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real
  • Maria da Conceição Alves Rainho Soares Pereira Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real
  • Isabel Maria o Antunes Rodrigues da Costa Barros Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real



Health literacy, Primary Health Care, Nursing consultation


The World Health Organization defines Health Literacy as a person's ability to obtain and understand basic health information and to use available health services responsibly. The present study aimed to assess the level of health literacy of patients attending a nursing consultation at a health centre in northern Portugal. It was an observational, cross-sectional, descriptive, and correlational study with a quantitative approach. One hundred subjects enrolled in the nursing consultation participated in the study, and data was collected using the health literacy questionnaire HLS-EU-PT. The majority of participants (63%) were female, aged between 18 and 94; most (34%) were 65 years and older, and 35% had completed their elementary school. As for health literacy, 32% of participants had an inadequate level, 56% a problematic level and 12% a sufficient level. The low levels of health literacy of the users of a nursing consultation who participated in the study indicate the need to implement intervention projects to empower participants and their families in health literacy and self-care.



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