Self-Care Literacy Policy Paper

self-care literacy

This policy brief introduces the concept of self-care literacy as a sub-domain of health literacy. Applied in the context of self-care, self-care literacy refers to the knowledge, motivation and competencies of individuals, families and communities to promote health, prevent disease, and maintain health and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider. It also aims to present and promote self-care literacy as a health policy priority and to engage with stakeholders with a shared interest in health literacy.