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Differences in Health Information Literacy Competencies Among Older Adults, Elderly and Younger Citizens
Department of ALM, Uppsala University, Sweden / Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland.
Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland / Information Studies, University of Oulu, Finland.
Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland / Information Studies, University of Oulu, Finland.
University of Skövde, School of Informatics. University of Skövde, The Informatics Research Centre. (Informationssystem, Information Systems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8607-948X
2019 (English)In: Information Literacy in Everyday Life: 6th European Conference, ECIL 2018, Oulu, Finland, September 24–27, 2018, Revised Selected Papers / [ed] Serap Kurbanoğlu, Sonja Špiranec, Yurdagül Ünal, Joumana Boustany, Maija Leena Huotari, Esther Grassian, Diane Mizrachi, Loriene Roy, Springer, 2019, Vol. 989, p. 136-143Chapter in book (Refereed)
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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. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 989, p. 136-143
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Communications in Computer and Information Science, ISSN 1865-0929, E-ISSN 1865-0937 ; 989
Keywords [en]
elderly, health information literacy, older adults, young, computer science, computers, elderly citizens, electronic health record systems, health informations, multiple source, online surveys, health
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Gerontology, specialising in Medical and Health Sciences Information Systems, Social aspects
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Information Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-16704DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-13472-3_13Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062276821ISBN: 978-3-030-13471-6 (print)ISBN: 978-3-030-13472-3 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-16704DiVA, id: diva2:1296899
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2019-06-05Bibliographically approved

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