eHealth Literacy Research - Quo Vadis?

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Publication Details

List of Authors: Lena Griebel, Heidi Enwald, Heidi Gilstad, Anna-Lena Pohl, Julia Moreland, Martin Sedlmayr
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Informatics for Health and Social Care
Start page: 1
End page: 16
eISSN: 1753-8165


The concept of electronic health (eHealth) literacy evolved from the
social and information sciences and describes competencies necessary to
use electronic health services. As it is a rather new topic, and as
there is no current overview of the state of the art in research, it is
not possible to identify research gaps. Therefore, the objective of this
viewpoint article is to increase knowledge on the current state of the
art of research in eHealth literacy and to identify gaps in scientific
research which should be focused on by the research community in the
future. The article provides a current viewpoint of the concept of
eHealth literacy and related research. Gaps can be found in terms of a
missing “gold standard” regarding both the definition and the
measurement of eHealth literacy. Furthermore, there is a need for
identifying the implications on eHealth developers, which evolve from
the measurement of eHealth literacy in eHealth users. Finally, a
stronger inclusion of health professionals, both in the evolving concept
and in the measurement of eHealth literacy, is needed in the future.

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