Dr. M.P. Fransen PhD

Main activities
Public Health and Health Promotion
Focus of research

Health literacy

Health literacy includes the competencies to gain access to health information, to understand and to use it in ways which promote, and maintain good health. At least 11% (more than one million persons) of the Dutch population has low health literacy. Health literacy is a relatively unexplored concept in the Netherlands and Europe. The measurement of health literacy, the role of health literacy in public health and clinical settings, and the development of interventions to improve health literacy are the main research topics that will be developed coming years.

In November 2009 we started a  two-year project in order to develop an adapted strategy for diabetes self-management education targeted at ethnic Dutch diabetic patients and low health literacy levels. Low health literacy is an important barrier in self- management of diabetes. Inadequate self-management results in preventable health damage and loss of life years in diabetic patients. 

Research programmes

Prof. M.L. Essink-Bot † MD PhD (Diversity and quality of care)

Prof. dr. A.E. Kunst PhD (The impact of public policies on population health and health inequalities)

Current research funding
  • AMC
  • Fonds NUTS-OHRA
  • KWF Kankerbestrijding
  • ZonMw