Differences in Health Information Literacy Competencies Among Older Adults, Elderly and Younger Citizens

Isto Huvila, Noora Hirvonen, Heidi Enwald, Rose-Mharie Åhlfeldt

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    To address the research gap on age-based differences in health information literacy (HIL), we investigated how younger (born 1960-) and older adults (1946-1960), and elderly citizens (-1945) differed from each other by their HIL competencies. Data were collected with an online survey of patients using the Swedish national electronic health record system. Altogether, 2,587 users responded. One-way ANOVA with post hoc tests revealed several differences between the groups: younger adults were less likely to value health information than older adults; older adults and elderly were least likely to compare information from multiple sources and had trouble in determining health information needs; older adults were most likely to have trouble understanding health terminology and the elderly to have difficulties in understanding medicinal package labels. The study shows that HIL is not necessarily improving or declining but adapting to challenges of advanced age.
    Titel på värdpublikationInformation Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018. Communications in Computer and Information Science
    RedaktörerS Kurbanoglu, S Špiranec, Y Ünal, J Boustany, ML Huotari, E Grassian, D Mizrachi, L Roy
    FörlagSpringer VS
    ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-030-13472-3
    StatusPublicerad - 2019
    MoE-publikationstypA4 Artikel i en konferenspublikation
    EvenemangECIL: European Conference on Information Literacy - ECIL: European Conference on Information Literacy
    Varaktighet: 1 jan. 2019 → …


    KonferensECIL: European Conference on Information Literacy
    Period01/01/19 → …

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