Goals of the Research Centre
The Princess Margaret Cancer Health Literacy Research Centre is focused on leading cancer health literacy and self-management research to enable providers, health care systems, and patients to work together to achieve better health.
The Princess Margaret Cancer Health Literacy Research Centre:
- Conducts research to better understand the impact of health literacy, how it contributes to overall cancer self-management and health outcomes and what the implications are for health systems
- Develops and evaluates interventions that aim to improve cancer care through health literate approaches
- Fosters a community of education researchers who are committed to transforming cancer education for the future
Current conceptualizations of health literacy hold that health system factors, provider factors and patient factors contribute to a health literate population. Challenges associated with these factors provide the opportunity for research and the development of innovative approaches to contribute to a health literate cancer system. The Princess Margaret Cancer Program's Cancer Education Strategy articulates the vision of the Cancer Education Program and the goals within the strategy will be carried out in part, at the Cancer Health Literacy Research Centre.