Relationship Between Everyday Health Information Literacy and Attitudes Towards Mobile Technology Among Older People

Heidi Enwald, Noora Hirvonen, Maarit Kangas, Niina Keränen, Timo Jämsä, Isto Huvila, Raija Korpelainen

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    Abstract

    In order to benefit from advanced mobile information technology (AMIT) in e-health services, people need competencies in finding, evaluating, and understanding health-related information in varying everyday life situations, that is, everyday health information literacy (EHIL). This study focused on the relationship between EHIL and AMIT use and attitudes towards it among older adults. A paper questionnaire was posted to a random sample of 1,500 home dwelling subjects aged 65 or more living in Northern Finland. A variety of themes were addressed in the questionnaire including a 4-item version of an EHIL screening tool. The response rate was 61% (n=918). Older adults with negative attitudes towards or having less experience with mobile information technology were likely to have poor self-estimated EHIL skills. Older people are at risk of marginalization in regard to m-services, and these results should be utilized by decision-makers and software designers in digitalization of services.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Title of host publicationInformation Literacy in the Workplace : 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017,
    EditorsS Kurbanoglu, J Boustany, S Špiranec, E Grassian, D Mizrachi, L Roy
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages450–459
    ISBN (Print)9783319743349
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventEuropean Conference in Information Literacy - ECIL 2017: Information Literacy in the Workplace
    Duration: 1 Jan 2018 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceEuropean Conference in Information Literacy
    Period01/01/18 → …

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