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Enwald H. et al. (2018) Relationship Between Everyday Health Information Literacy and Attitudes Towards Mobile Technology Among Older People. In: Kurbanoğlu S., Boustany J., Špiranec S., Grassian E., Mizrachi D., Roy L. (eds) Information Literacy in the Workplace. ECIL 2017. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 810. Springer, Cham

Relationship between everyday health information literacy and attitudes towards mobile technology among older people

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Author: Enwald, Heidi1,2,3; Hirvonen, Noora1,2,3; Kangas, Maarit4;
Organizations: 1Information Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
3Medical Research Center Oulu, University of Oulu and Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
4Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
5Department of Sports and Exercise Medicine, Oulu Deaconess Institute, Oulu, Finland
6Centre for Life Course Epidemiology and Systems Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2018
Publish Date: 2019-08-29


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.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
Pages: 450 - 459
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-74334-9_47
Host publication: Information Literacy in the Workplace : 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017, Revised Selected Papers
Host publication editor: Barbosa, Simone Diniz Junqueira
Chen, Phoebe
Filipe, Joaquim
Kotenko, Igor
Sivalingam, Krishna M.
Washio, Takashi
Yuan, Junsong
Zhou, Lizhu
Conference: European Conference on Information Literacy
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
616 Other humanities
520 Other social sciences
113 Computer and information sciences
3141 Health care science
Funding: GASEL study has received financial support from the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (TEKES). The researchers of Åbo Akademi are part of the HIBA project that is being funded by Academy of Finland.
Copyright information: © Springer International Publishing AG 2018. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Information Literacy in the Workplace : 5th European Conference, ECIL 2017, Saint Malo, France, September 18-21, 2017, Revised Selected Papers. The final authenticated version is available online at: