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Eriksson-Backa, K., Ahmad, F., Huvila, I., Enwald, H., Hirvonen, N. (2022). Everyday Health Information Literacy and Attitudes Towards Digital Health Services Among Finnish Older Adults. In: Kurbanoğlu, S., Špiranec, S., Ünal, Y., Boustany, J., Kos, D. (eds) Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. ECIL 2021. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1533. Springer, Cham.

Everyday health information literacy and attitudes towards digital health services among Finnish older adults

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Author: Eriksson-Backa, Kristina1; Ahmad, Farhan2; Huvila, Isto3;
Organizations: 1Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland
2Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
3Department of ALM, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
4Information Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-04-06


Everyday health information literacy (EHIL) denotes people’s confidence and perceptions of their capability to obtain, evaluate, and use health information in everyday life. This paper presents results from a survey of older Finns on how EHIL relates to perceptions of digital health services. A postal survey was conducted with a random sample of 1,500 Finns aged 55–70 years. In total, 373 completed surveys (25%) were returned. We used an adapted screening tool to measure EHIL and subject position scales to indicate attitudes towards digital health services. The data were analysed using PLS-SEM in SmartPLS 3.0. The analysis suggested that EHIL is positively related to more positive attitudes to digital health services and negatively to more negative attitudes to such services. The results emphasise the importance of EHIL as an enabler of the acceptance of digital health services. The study also introduces new methods for analysing EHIL.

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Series: Communications in computer and information science
ISSN: 1865-0929
ISSN-E: 1865-0937
ISSN-L: 1865-0929
ISBN: 978-3-030-99885-1
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99884-4
Volume: 1533
Pages: 314 - 325
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99885-1_27
Host publication: Information Literacy in a Post-Truth Era. ECIL 2021
Host publication editor: Kurbanoğlu, Serap
Špiranec, Sonja
Ünal, Yurdagül
Boustany, Joumana
Kos, Denis
Conference: European Conference on Information Literacy
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
Funding: This research was conducted as part of the project Taking Health Information Behaviour into Account: implications of a neglected element for successful implementation of consumer health technologies on older adults (HIBA), funded by the Academy of Finland 2015–2020. (Grant no. 287084).
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