Estimated prevalence of low health literacy

This tool provides an estimate of the percentage of a local authority population with low health literacy & numeracy or with just low health literacy.

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Estimated prevalence of low health literacy -

Percentage of the population aged 16-64 that are below the threshold for low health literacy
This represents an estimate of the prevalence of poor health literacy for . It indicates the percentage of the population aged 16-64 who would likely have difficulties in understanding or interpreting health information. Note that the prevalence is an estimate derived from a statistical model and should not be taken as a precise measure.

The underpinning statistical models use data from the Skills for Life Survey, population projections and census data to derive estimates that reflect variations in local demography, educational and social status, deprivation and self-reported English Language proficiency. Any local authority will contain areas that will have higher or lower prevalences.

Skills for Life data were for 2011. The last census was also 2011 while the most recent population projections were for 2016. In sum, we used the most recent suitable and available data at the time the estimates were produced.

The mean national prevalence of the population aged 16-64 that are below the threshold for both health literacy and health numeracy is 59.64%; for health literacy alone, the mean national prevalence is 40.66%.

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