PIF has today launched its Health and Digital Literacy Survey 2022 to see what progress has been made over the past three years.

Health inequalities, digital exclusion and the need for clear evidence-based, accessible information were highlighted during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Yet, our last Health and Digital Literacy Survey, carried out in October 2019, found only 13% of organisations had a health literacy policy in place.

Just 50% assessed the equalities impact of digital projects.

Now, we are launching an updated survey to see if health information providers have heeded our call to become health and digital literacy friendly and surpassed that pre-pandemic benchmark.

Inequality laid bare

PIF director Sophie Randall said: “The pandemic rapidly accelerated change in the simplicity and delivery of public health messaging. 

“It laid bare the impact of health inequality and digital inaccessibility. 

“Our 2019 data provided a benchmark of how organisations were responding to the challenges of health and digital literacy pre-COVID-19. 

“Completing the survey now will help us discover if the lessons of the last three years have been translated into long term action on these areas.”

When we published the data from our last survey in 2020 we made a series of recommendations to improve the way in which information producers address health and digital literacy.

Read a summary of those recommendations and the actions we have taken here.

Complete the survey

The survey should take five to 10 minutes to complete. 

Respondents will have the option to be entered into a draw to win a £50 Amazon voucher. 

Access the survey online here. This link will close on 31 October.

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