Assessment of OHL in hospitals
The International Self-Assessment Tool for Organizational Health Literacy (Responsiveness) of Hospitals (OHL-Hos), which was developed by the International Working Group on Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Literate Healthcare Organizations (HPH & HLO) will be used in the M-POHL OHL project. In a first step the tool will be translated, cultural adapted, and piloted in the participating M-POHL countries. Building on the piloting results the tool might be slightly modified and is then ready for a larger roll out.
In addition, a shortened assessment tool for hospitals will be developed based on the OHL-Hos tool as first piloting results showed that for some organizations a less extensive tool would be more acceptable and feasible.
Assessment of OHL in primary health care services and pharmacies
A M-POHL working group has developed the International Self-Assessment Tool for Organizational
Health Literacy in Primary Health Care Services (OHL-PHC) from 2022 – 2023. The OHL-PHC builds on the OHL-Hos and the OHL Self-AsseT (De Gani et al. 2020). Currently in 2023, first experiences on translating, cultural adapting and piloting of the tool are gained and shared with the OHL consortium.
Common study design for the translation, cultural adaption, and piloting of the OHL assessment tools
A study design with five phases was developed by the International Coordination Center (ICC) of M-POHL: Phase 1: Initiation of the international project, Phase 2: Translation of the OHL assessment tools into national language(s), Phase 3: Cultural adaption of the OHL assessment tools, Phase 4: Piloting of the OHL assessment tools in one or more health care services in each country and Phase 5: International collecting and integrating of national experiences and results in an international report. In addition, a number of documents and supporting tools were developed to facilitate the process of translation, cultural adaption, and piloting of the tools and the documentation of experiences and results gained in this process.
International exchange on experiences with OHL assessments
Participating countries can participate at specific OHL Consortium meetings for an international exchange on their national experiences on their work on assessing OHL. Currently first experiences on translation, cultural adaption, and piloting are shared. In future, experiences on facilitating the uptake of OHL assessment tools and on implementing OHL by roll out procedures in the countries will be shared.
Participating countries are encouraged to publish their national results of the OHL project. In the final phase of the project, an International Report will be produced.