Huvila I., Hirvonen N., Enwald H., Åhlfeldt RM. (2019) Differences in Health Information Literacy Competencies Among Older Adults, Elderly and Younger Citizens. In: Kurbanoğlu S. et al. (eds) Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 989. Springer, Cham
Differences in health information literacy competencies among older adults, elderly and younger citizens
|Author:||Huvila, Isto1,2; Hirvonen, Noora2,3; Enwald, Heidi2,3;|
1Department of ALM, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
2Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
3Information Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
4University of Skövde, Skövde, Sweden
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2019042313089
|Publish Date:|| 2019-04-23
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.
Communications in computer and information science
|Pages:||136 - 143|
Information Literacy in Everyday Life. ECIL 2018
|Host publication editor:||
Huotari, Maija Leena
European Conference on Information Literacy
|Type of Publication:||
A4 Article in conference proceedings
|Field of Science:||
520 Other social sciences
This study was conducted in collaboration between DOME consortium and the Academy of Finland funded research project Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account (HIBA).
© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Communications in Computer and Information Science. The final authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_13.