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Organizational health literacy in facilities for people with disabilities: First results of an explorative qualitative and quantitative study

  • To date, studies on individual and organizational health literacy (OHL) in facilities for people with disabilities are scarce. Thus, the aims of this study are (1) to adapt an existing instrument for measuring organizational health literacy (OHL), namely, the “Health literate health care organization scale” (HLHO-10), to the context of facilities for people with disabilities, (2) to quantitatively examine characteristics of OHL, and (3) to qualitatively assess the definition and role of OHL by interviewing managers and skilled staff. An online study in Germany with N = 130 managers and skilled staff in facilities for people with disabilities was conducted, using the adapted HLHO-10 questionnaire. Univariate analyses were applied. Qualitative content analysis was used to investigate interview data from N = 8 managers and skilled staff from N = 8 facilities for people with disabilities in Hesse, Germany. Quantitative results revealed that respondents reported a below-average level in HLHO-10, with the lowest level found in the attribute of participative development of health information. The qualitative findings showed a clear need for improved navigation to and in facilities. The quantitative and qualitative findings are mainly consistent. Future research and measures should focus on facilities for people with disabilities in order to strengthen the development of and access to target-group-specific health information, as well as to establish a health-literate working and living environment.

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Author:Katharina Rathmann, Theres Vockert, Lorena Denise Wetzel, Judith Lutz, Kevin Dadaczynski
Parent Title (English):International journal of environmental research and public health
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/07/10
Date of first Publication:2020/04/22
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Fulda
Release Date:2024/07/10
Tag:health care organizations; inclusion; organizational health literacy; people with disabilities
Source:Rathmann, K., Vockert, T., Wetzel, L. D., Lutz, J. & Dadaczynski, K. (2020). Organizational Health Literacy in Facilities for People with Disabilities: First Results of an Explorative Qualitative and Quantitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(8). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082886
Dewey Decimal Classification:6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
collections:Hochschule Fulda / Gefördert durch den Publikationsfonds der Hochschule Fulda
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International

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